FEMA won't fund Dauphin Island rebuilding project

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management
officials say they won't fund the rebuilding of a protective berm along the west end of Dauphin Island after it was destroyed by Hurricane Gustav.

Mike Moore, FEMA disaster coordinator for Alabama, said Wednesday that part of the tiny island doesn't have enough beachfront left to recreate the berm.

The 10-foot-high berm was built last year for $3.6 million along three miles of Gulf beachfront on the island's west end and protected scores of resort homes, now left vulnerable to the Gulf surf.

A storm surge from Hurricane Gustav in September wiped out the
berm and large waves from Hurricane Ike battered the island even more.

FEMA estimates rebuilding it again would cost $4 million.

Town officials have until Jan. 10 to appeal the decision.

Mayor Jeff Collier said town officials haven't decided whether to appeal.

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