Dauphin Island residents say Hurricane Sally battered multiple areas of the island and the damage is widespread and in some slightly unexpected places.
The power is still out for a good majority of the Island Wednesday night.
Residents say they will be cleaning up the aftermath for days.
Dauphin Island residents who stayed on the island during the storm say hurricane-like conditions lasted for more than 10 hours.
“I just felt questionable. I didn’t know if we were going to survive it or not,” Drayton Miller, a Dauphin Island resident said.
Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier said thankfully Hurricane Sally did not take any lives on the Island, but first responders did have to rescue several people.
“Their house started essentially falling apart. I mean the roof came off some of the sidings, and so they got concerned and of course, called the police to go get them out of there, which they did,” Collier said.
Homeowners who evacuated said they weren’t sure whether they would have a house to come home to or not.
“I was sick to my stomach. I mean you start shaking thinking, 'I’m not going to have a house,' and then you see it. You’re just like, I have a house, that’s great,” homeowner Donna Mackin said.
Residents who evacuated were greeted by flooding and hundreds of downed trees as they returned.
“Not only did we have strong winds, but they were strong for a long amount of time. And the soil was really waterlogged because of the long duration rainfall, so a lot of trees came down trees on houses. I think that’s really the worst damage I’ve seen,” Hurricane and Flood Data Scientist Dr. Hal Needham said.
One resident said he believes it was a miracle that his house and his boat were left untouched.
“But it’s amazing. Every other boat is gone and sunk and ours is still standing,” Miller said.
Locals said this storm was very different as the homes on the sound side of the Island took more of a beating than those on the beach side.
“The people on the sound side had the roof damages and siding damage. It’s the first time I’ve seen the beach side not take that beating,” Mackin said.
Collier said the town and its residents will make it through like they always do.
“We got a lot of cleanups to do. We’ve got a lot of repairs to do to residential structures and businesses as well. Everybody’s got some work to do, and I think if we all pitch in, we will get it done,” Collier said.
A resident said the piers at Dauphin Island Marina were just fixed a week ago and now they’re going to have to start all over.
City crews worked non stop Wednesday to make as much progress on cleanup and repairs as possible.
Collier said they have been in touch with state officials should they need additional aid in the coming days.