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Assumption sinkhole "burps"

3 years 6 months 1 week ago March 17, 2013 Mar 17, 2013 Sunday, March 17 2013 March 17, 2013 12:29 PM in News
Source: Assumption Police Jury
By: Troy Gaulden/AE Stevenson

ASSUMPTION PARISH - Officials with the Assumption Parish Police Jury say the sinkhole in Bayou Corne "burped" Sunday morning.

Officials say hydrocarbon and debris are on the surface of the sinkhole.

Around 100 yards of land on the western side was consumed by the sinkhole, according to Director of Emergency Preparedness John Boudreaux.

Boudreaux says Texas Brine will periodically shut down parts of Hwy 70 between Hwy 69 and Lee Dr. to start 3D seismic work. Sections of Hwy 70 will close in 15 minute segments Sunday between 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The sinkhole increasing in size comes on the heels of a slew of activity between the Governor Jindal, Texas Brine, and Assumption Parish officals.

This week homes will be assessed to start the process of buyouts in the area. 150 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders since August.

Enviornmental activist Erin Brockovich and her team of lawyers met with residents this month to see what their legal options are.

Monday morning an update on the sinkhole will be coming from the Department of Natural Resources, CB&I, and Texas Brine in a meeting with a Joint Committee meeting at 10 tomorrow morning.

Photo Credit: Amanda Thomasee



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