A red flag flies over Orange Beach, Alabama warning visitors to be alert to signs of oil contamination and to swim at their own risk. City officials are waiting for the final assurance from state agencies that toxicity levels in the water are safe before returning to their regular tidal warning system. Oil remains under the beach sand and is due for removal over the winter in time for the spring break tourist season. Since early June when oil from the BP spill first washed ashore on the white 'sugar' sands of Orange Beach, Alabama, tourists have fled the Gulf Coast town bringing seasonal and local businesses to their knees. Meanwhile, businesses are applying for compensation for their losses by filing claims against a USD 20 billion fund established by BP. On 20 April 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig left 17 workers injured and 11 dead. For over three months, oil spilled from a well 5000 feet below sea level in the Gulf of Mexico, discharging over 500,000 gallons of crude oil a day (19,000 barrels). It is estimated that more than 120 million gallons of crude oil have spewed into the Gulf.