My regular readers know that I live down on the Mississippi Gulf Coast-home of Katrina’s landfall 5 years ago and now the home of the oil spill residue. Wow, what a way to describe your town, but we have definitely had our share of disasters.
I took a ride to the beach this week to relax a bit and also to check out the area for effects of the oil spill.
The first thing I came across was this group of seagulls taking a bath on the shoreline.
As you can see this part of the shoreline looks nice and clean. Almost the entire southern border of Mississippi is sand beaches and there just is not enough boom to cover the entire area.
This type of boom (yellow in the photo above) is set up around all the culverts on the beach but for the most part there is no boom to protect the beaches. The coast of Mississippi has the advantage of being somewhat protected by barrier islands. These are small islands but they have protected our coast from the worst of the oil.
These are the tar balls, formed from the oil, which have washed up on our shoreline.
These wash up constantly with the tide. These buses have been hired to move the workers, who have been trained in proper handling of this stuff, from site to site in and effort to clean the beaches.
This appears to be a never-ending job, but it does provide work for those who would otherwise not have a job right now. Staging areas have been set up across the coast where the workers meet for their assignments and where all the equipment is kept. For those who were here after Katrina, this looks very familiar.
A friend took a trip to one of the barrier islands this past weekend and the sights out there were not nearly as easy to see.
This photo shows the boom set up to keep the oil from getting on this section of beach. If you look closely on the other side of the boom you can see the oily beach.
The sand on the other side of the boom is covered with sheets of thick oil.
This poor pelican fell victim to the oil’s invasion.
The oil spill is a terrible disaster that has affected coastal areas all along the Gulf of Mexico and will, unfortunately, have repercussions for years to come.