Battle at the beaches

Louisiana's National Guard laid 8 miles of “tiger dam” to protect the beaches of Grand Isle. When filled with water, the flexible tubes keep oil from moving further inland during high tide. Photo: Craig Guillot

By June 14, oil from the April 20 explosion (see orange star) reached Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Later that month, 2010's first hurricane — Alex — temporarily stymied cleanup in Louisiana and Texas. Map: Dan Swenson/ The Times-Picayune

By the end of June, 39,000 people and 5,000 vessels were sucking and skimming oil from deep waters as well as bayous, marshes, and streams throughout the Gulf Coast. Photos: Thompson Pump

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