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Gulf Coast storm drenches vacation hotspots

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The storm that marked the rainiest day on record in Pensacola flooded popular destination areas throughout the coast for many Louisianans.

Some favorite vacation spots were recovering from the relentless rain on Wednesday.

"We had torrential rain for 48 hours," said David Swiger, with Swiger and Company Realtors in the Gulf Shores.

Aerial footage of what would normally be boats tied to docks instead showed Orange Beach bleeding into the homes surrounding it.

"It was reminiscent of Hurricane Danny that we had about 15 years ago that just kind of sat here and was relentless and rained for a long time," said Swiger.

Swiger said the main streets tourists are most familiar with in the Gulf Shores, like West Beach Boulevard, had water on the road, but most of the beach front rentals were spared of water reaching inside the homes.

"We had a lot of water, but it's moving out quickly," said Swiger.

Just 30 miles east in Pensacola, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the flooding was worse than during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

"People are being evacuated from attics in areas that have never flooded before," said Scott.

The Florida Highway Patrol blames high water for at least one death.

Streets were washed away leaving gaping holes in spots on roads such as Scenic Hwy, and many cars flooded.

The popular restaurant Flora-Bama on the Florida and Alabama border had employees mopping up flood water Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Many of the gift shop items were left soggy, though their yacht club across the street on the bay side took the brunt of the flood waters.

Just across the bay from the yacht club, water skimmed over the boat docks.

"Ono Island sits in a bowl if you will, and they had a lot water on Ono Island," said Swiger. "You might have some second home people who have properties there. It's right near Orange Beach."

Overall, a 40 mile stretch of prime locations for sun in the midst of a hot tourism season was drenched by a 50 year storm.

Real estate agents hope everything dries off and gets fixed-up in time for the busy summer season.

"We can take the rain as long as we don't have a hurricane we're ok," said Swiger. "I'd tell people to come on down and bring their seashell buckets because there's a lot of cool stuff on the beach and they could have some fun."

A real estate agent at Lagniappe Travel Services on Poydras Street said New Orleanians who have already booked travel to the gulf beaches for Memorial Day have called concerned about their vacations. She said, at least one family has already been refunded for their weekend trip to the Gulf Shores because the property they rented completely flooded.

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