Salon owner Deborah Davis has to scour parking lots and command posts for customers because business has dried up since the oil hit. As if that weren't bad enough, now there's talk in the salon of a storm brewing.
"I'm scared, I'm very scared," Davis said. "We're constantly being told that the worst hasn't come yet."
Ribbons of oil a mile long are streaming toward Florida and Alabama shores and sneaking into Mobile Bay.
A mile below the surface the well is still gushing. They're now collecting nearly 23,000 barrels of oil. By next week BP hopes to more than double that. And they're making slow steady progress on the relief wells - the best hope of stopping the gusher. One is 4,600 feet below the sea floor, the other nearly 11,000 feet down. They'll be done in mid-August, unless a hurricane hits.
For now, the main concern is keeping the beaches clean. In Florida, crews removed nearly 45,000 pounds of oil mixed with sand this week, and health officials declared some of the water safe to swim.
Boats offshore are skimming oil that's headed for the beaches. Even though on the surface it looks relatively clean, if you dig about a foot down there is old oil.
The tide brings in a layer of oil, and if it is not cleaned quickly, a layer of sand on top.
Candi Warren wanted her cleanup crew to dig.
"They told us not to dig, it's all cosmetic," Warren said.
So she quit. But in Louisiana, a little bit of good news - for the first time since May 6, Craig Bielkiewicz was allowed to fish.
"It's good to be back on the water," Bielkiewicz said.
The fisherman and other people who still can't work learned Friday their compensation checks from BP are not all theirs to keep. The IRS will be collecting income tax on that money.
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