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GULF SHORES, Ala. (WIAT) — The BP Oil spill had the potential to cripple Alabama’s Gulf Coast forever, and for one summer that looked like a very real and dangerous possibility.
In the summer of the spill, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism noted a 55% decrease in their normal numbers during what should have been their highest season.
Residents describe the area as a complete ghost town, with many having to adapt to new jobs and a lot less money.
This summer, the aggressive BP clean-up projects came to an end.
Officials say the amount of tar balls had diminished to a point where the clean-up has moved into a reactive phase.
But with that phase of the tragedy ending, are the other aspects of Alabama’s Gulf Coast also recovering the way that they should be?
And do the survivors of the BP Oil Spill feel like enough has been done to continue pushing them towards recovery?
CBS42’s Leigh Garner takes a look at the BP Oil Spill, both on the events that transpired because of it and the improvements made since the spill happened in 2010.