Hurricane season approaches with oil closing in on La. coastline

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The thought of a hurricane in the gulf is bad enough, add oil to the mix, and you can imagine the devastation. The current oil crisis in gulf is making for an even more stressful start to the 2010 hurricane season.

In 2008, Hurricane Ike caused massive flooding all over southwest Louisiana. Streets everywhere were under water. The Calcasieu OEP said there is no telling what could happen if oil was pushed inland.

"Something on this potential scale is really kind of a new and unique situation," said Norman Bourdeau with the Calcasieu Parish OEP.

What can be done to keep oil from coming inland, should a hurricane come this way? The OEP said the only option is to focus all efforts on the cleanup, already underway.

"It's really the only way to guarantee that we wouldn't have any type of impact from that. It is just not have any oil off of our coast, should a hurricane come our way," said Bourdeau.

Meanwhile, gallons and gallons of oil continues to gush into the gulf, forcing crews work around the clock, trying to safeguard the Louisiana coast.

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