GRAND ISLE, LA (WVUE) - Eleven crosses stand on the beach of Grand Isle, honoring the men who died April 20, 2010 during the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Five years later, chunks of oil are still washing up in the waves. An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico in 87 days, before the wellhead was finally capped in July.
Grand Isle Mayor Dave Camardelle says the cleanup continues, and stormy weather like the area had last week kicked up more oil from the sea floor.
"Every day is a different story. You and I could walk this morning and find a few tar balls and then tomorrow," Camardelle said. "For instance, February the third, they had the oil, 195 pounds right on the north side of the Coast Guard station. And March 18th, while I was in Washington talking to Senator (David) Vitter and Senator (Bill) Cassidy, I get a phone call. It was 125 tons of tar balls right here on Grand Terre.
Camardelle said as long as there is a grain of sand left on this island, he and council members will continue to fight for a clean beach and a healthy Gulf.