National Guard completes barrier at Grand Isle

GRAND ISLE, La. -- The Louisiana National Guard says it has finished an 8.2-mile barrier on Grand Isle's beach to fight the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Soldiers erected a barrier known as a tiger dam, which is made from a series of interlocking flexible tubes inflated with water. The dam was built to keep oil from encroaching inland.

Capt. Robert J. Rogers, a commander with the 527th Engineer Battalion, said soldiers worked around the clock "to get this protective barrier up as fast as possible."

The National Guard has been deployed across the Louisiana coast to protect fragile marshlands from being contaminated by oil spewing from a well blowout about 50 miles offshore.

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