Gulf Coast Residents Wait And Worry

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Mike Labat stacks crab traps on the back of the boat as they collect the traps after dumping the crabs back into the water because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on May 1, 2010 in Delacroix, Louisiana. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Crabber Mike Labat.

Mike Labat stacks crab traps on the back of the boat as they collect the traps after dumping the crabs back into the water because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on May 1, 2010 in Delacroix, Louisiana.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

It's hard to believe it's been nearly two weeks since the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico. The specifics of the cleanup, the role of BP, and the prognostications about the damage have changed daily as the story moves. All along the Gulf Coast, residents anxiously await the slick.

As we all were made poignantly aware of in the aftermath of Katrina, many, many people make their livelihoods off the Gulf, be it fishing their waters or catering to the tourists who visit the region for its beaches and culture. But as oil spreads through the Gulf, shrimp boats are docked, and restaurant owners and tour guides anxiously anticipate destruction, even ruin.

"I'm 35. I ain't never drove a nail in my life. This is what I know, right here," Louisiana crabber Kenny LeFebvre told the AP. "We starved all winter, and we was just getting to where we was making money and getting back on our feet."

In our second hour today, we'll be getting at the stories of those whose futures rest on the Gulf. Tune in to hear from the nation.

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