Jindal: Buyout process for sinkhole starts this week
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today Texas Brine will buy out property owners affected by a massive sinkhole which appeared in Assumption Parish last year.
Jindal said the buyout process will begin this week, starting with property appraisals. People who volunteer to be bought out will be handled first, and a blue ribbon commission will be set up to monitor further sinkhole issues.
The governor met today with representatives from Texas Brine, which owns the land the sinkhole appeared on. It forced about 350 residents of nearby Bayou Corne to evacuate the area.
Jindal met earlier this week with parish officials about the status of the sinkhole, which is believed to have formed when a salt cavern beneath it partially collapsed. Today he said the Department of Natural Resources determined a second salt cavern near the first was not in danger of collapsing, but would continue to be monitored.
News 2's Mike Steele will have more details on the announcement starting at 5 p.m.