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Jul 1, 2010 3:59 PM by Melissa Canone

Waves From Hurricane Alex Damaged Alabama Steel Booms

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Six-foot waves from Hurricane Alex
have damaged a new, $4.6 million system meant to prevent oil from
flowing into Perdido Bay.
The structure is composed of more than 3,000 feet of long steel
pipes that are strung together in Perdido Pass between dozens of
pilings in Orange Beach.
But the city's coastal resources manager, Phillip West, said
Thursday about 800 feet of the protective system began coming apart
when thick bolts started shearing off in heavy seas. Workers took
apart other sections to prevent further damage to the system, which
wasn't yet finished.
West says the steel booms should be back in place with thicker
bolts by Saturday. He says not much additional oil entered the bay
because of the failure.

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