Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson rescinded the local state of emergency Monday and announced that city offices would reopen Tuesday, as the area was largely spared from the impact of Hurricane Ida.
“Mobile has been fortunate to avoid the devastating impacts of Hurricane Ida that were felt to the west, but city crews are continuing to evaluate minor reports (of) storm damage and flash flooding in low-lying areas,” Stimpson said in a statement. “Please continue to be weather aware as the remnants of Ida move out of our area.”
The Category 4 storm that came ashore just southwest of New Orleans resulted in flash flooding and tornadoes for the Mobile area, but many places escaped the larger hurricane impacts.
Mobile County reported water over several area roads, as rain continued to fall as part of the storm on Monday. Specifically, county spokeswoman Sharee Broussard said crews had just installed signage on Newman Road between Airport Boulevard and Busby Road in West Mobile.
Other areas of concern where an inch or more of water was over the roadway on Monday were at the following locations: Airport Boulevard, west of Johnson Road; Gaston Loop at Tom Gaston Road; Cat Deakle Road, west of Gaston Loop Road and Tanner Williams Road at Hubert Pierce Road.
Portions of the Mobile Bay Causeway were also closed during the storm. Workers with the Alabama Department of Transportation also closed the Bankhead Tunnel on Sunday, Aug. 29 to avoid flooding. It has reopened.
Coastal cities and towns in Mobile and Baldwin counties saw greater impacts.
Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier, on Monday, reported sporadic power outages, debris and tree limb damage in the beach community.
“The biggest problem for us is the west end,” he said on Monday morning. “There’s a lot of sand over the roads, and we can’t get down there to get started.”
There are residents on the west end of the island who can’t leave until crews can clear the impacted portion of Bienville Boulevard, Collier said.
“A few folks chose to stay down there,” he said.
Gulf Shores reported “no significant infrastructure damage” as a result of the storm, city spokesman Grant Brown wrote in a statement Monday morning. Several streets in the city were impassable Monday, he said, and a lot of sand was displaced due to flooding.
Despite roadway flooding, Brown wrote that city offices reopened Tuesday.
A reported tornado damaged structures in Saraland on Monday.
The Mobile Area Water and Sewer System, on Monday, reported a number of wastewater overflows due to rainfall from Ida.
“MAWSS sewer system is designed to collect and convey wastewater to a MAWSS wastewater treatment plant,” a statement read. “During heavy rains, storm water infiltrates and inundates aging sewer lines causing manholes to overflow.”
The area waterways impacted by the overflows are Eslava Creek, Dog River and Three Mile Creek.
The Mobile Health Department is asking residents not to drink water from private wells in flooded areas before having the water tested. MCHD can provide sterile bottles for testing.
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