“I had nightmares for years...”

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez ran aground off the coast of Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound.

The impact on wildlife was devastating — hundreds of thousands of marine animals died. Clean-up crews poured into the nearby port town, also called Valdez, where the first animal rescue center was established.

LJ Evans (R), who lived in Valdez, volunteered at the rescue center, where she met Suzanne Bishop (L).

They sat down for StoryCorps to remember the days following the spill.

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Recorded in Fairbanks, Alaska
Music Info: "Demus" by Charles Atlas from the album To the Dust: From Man You Came and To Man You Shall Return
Produced by Jud Esty-Kendall
Facilitated by Katie Miles
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