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09/14/04

Dauphin Island Residents Suffer Major Damages

Scott and Hazel Greene returned to their Dauphin Island home Sunday to see the destruction Ivan left behind.

"The room completely washed away," Hazel Greene says. A yard full of debris and a home with so much damage", said Scott Greene.

"There's so much to be done. It's hard to get started. I get started with one thing. Before I can finish it, I see something else that needs to be done. I stop what I'm doing and do that," he said.

In addition to the family's house, their boat was also not safe from Ivan's wrath. Greene believes the boat floated all the way around the house during the storm.

"It was headed back down to the boat slip until the water undoubtedly receded and this is where it rested at," he said.

"You see, if the boat had come a little bit closer to the corner here, we probably wouldn't even have a house," said his wife, Hazel.

The Greene's built their home nearly 30 years ago on the land neighbors called the best spot on Dauphin Island.

But after five hurricanes and many more tropical storms, Scott Greene says he's ready to move.

"No I didn't expect it to be this bad. When I got back here yesterday, I cried on the side of my truck. I'm tired of fighting it because of my age. I built it back myself but I just feel like I can't do it anymore," said Scott Greene.

But Hazel Greene says it could have been a lot worse.

"As long as you are well, and you have your family, and they are all well. What else do you have to worry about?" she said.

Despite what her husband says, Hazel Greene says they will re-build.

By: Jaimee Goad

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