WWL-TV: Crowds of people show up on the last day to file a BP oil spill claim on Monday _lowres

Fishermen and members of the community listen to Ken Feinberg, administrator of the BP claims fund, talk Monday, March 28, 2011 at a public meeting in Mathews, La. (AP Photo/The Houma Courier, Julia Rendleman)

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They lined up dozens deep on a balcony overlooking Veterans Highway most of the day Monday, sweating out a last chance to file paperwork to claim compensation for damages from the BP oil spill.

The deadline at 11:59 p.m. Monday came more than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history virtually halted fishing and shoreline business for months, then left lingering effects on ancillary businesses – and more than three years after a multibillion-dollar court settlement was confected to compensate most of those hit with economic losses.

Environmental groups says the affects of the oil spill are still ongoing, but they may not be visible to the eye.

The five-year anniversary of the oil spill was on April 20.

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