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Evacuation shelter opens 8a.m. Saturday after sinkhole forces people out

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Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:57 AM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Aug 4, 2012 9:57 AM
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BAYOU CORNE- Saturday morning, a shelter was set to open for the people who were evacuated from this area of Assumption Parish after a sinkhole developed Friday.

The sinkhole, a bubbling phenomenon, and tremors may be caused by a failure in an inactive salt dome, or salt mining operation, run by Texas Brine.
"Governor Jindal issued an executive proclamation Friday evening that allows GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis to respond if Assumption parish leaders need support in their response to this continuing threat. It also directs state departments, commissions, boards, agencies and officers to cooperate in actions the State may take in response," the state said in a release late Friday.

The mandatory evacuation order was issued about 7p.m. Friday.

"Volunteers will open the shelter at 8 a.m. (Saturday) at Belle Rose Middle School in the community of Belle Rose. Evacuated residents who are unable to stay with friends or relatives are welcome at the Red Cross shelter," said the American Red Cross in another statement, also released late Friday night.

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