The Associated Press
Workers offload oil containment supplies at the Port Eads lighthouse on the Mississippi River at Port Eads, La., on Thursday. The boat is carrying oil containment supplies that are being deployed along the Louisiana coast. The south Louisiana coastline is bracing for the possible arrival of oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil platform that sank in the Gulf of Mexico and is leaking oil.
Black oil has not made it to the shores of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but several black garbage bags dot the beaches between Biloxi and Gulfport.
Crews of workmen on Tuesday continued to preemptively clean the beaches, shoveling up the natural debris that washes ashore, and bagging it for disposal. Officials say doing this will make cleanup easier if oil washes ashore.
The state has been on alert since the Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and sending hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil a day gushing into the Gulf. While a rainbow sheen of oil has reached land in parts of Louisiana, the gooey rafts of coagulated crude have yet to come ashore in most places.