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Assumption Parish prepares for Isaac

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Posted: Aug 27, 2012 4:55 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Aug 27, 2012 4:55 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: bayou corne, sinkhole, assumption parish, isaac, evacuation

ASSUMPTION PARISH - There's a voluntary evacuation in Assumption Parish, for Isaac, but people near Bayou Corne are still under a mandatory evacuation, because of a massive sinkhole.

On Monday, Jarred Breaux was boarding up his home and plans to ride the storm out.

"I'm a little bit afraid," he said, "I ain't 100 percent comfortable, that's for sure, but I want to stay that's what I'm trying to do."

Assumption Parish is under a hurricane warning and a voluntary evacuation has been ordered.

Jarred's neighborhood is already under a mandatory evacuation because of a massive sinkhole about 2,500 feet away from his home. The thought of what could happen to the sinkhole leaves him on edge.

"We've been through quite a few hurricanes, this will be our first sinkhole, that's for sure. Hopefully it won't get worse," Breaux said.

Drilling to explore an empty brine cavern that may have caused the sinkhole has been suspended until the storm passes.

"We had that 40 day projection that we were looking on getting the observation well into the cavern to find out what's going on. Now this is going to delay that," says Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness manager John Boudreaux.

Duane Bier and his wife left Bayou Corne when the drilling began, but have since returned. They wanted to be home during the storm.

"You can't relax, you can't, we can't catch a break. Everything just keep slamming us up against the wall," said Duane Bier.

The Biers plan to leave again once the drilling starts back up. As of now, this family is just hoping to catch a break.

"This packing and unpacking really gets old quick, this $875 (evacuee assistance) doesn't cover the stress," says Bier.

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