Dolly Waves Flood Dauphin Island Beach

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) - Dauphin Island has closed the new west end public beach after waves from Hurricane Dolly flooded its low-lying areas.

The hurricane made landfall on the southern Texas coast Wednesday as a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds and rain. About six inches of water covered the parking lot and recreational areas Wednesday afternoon at the Dauphin Island beach, which opened in June.

Mayor Jeff Collier said the beach was closed Tuesday.

Collier said the protective berm that stretches along the west end prevented flooding in other areas of the island.

He said beach conditions will be evaluated on a daily basis, and the beach will be reopened when the water evaporates or sinks into the ground.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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