Posted: Aug 4, 2012 7:17 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Aug 5, 2012 10:21 AM
BELLE ROSE- Despite a mandatory evacuation order, many who live near Bayou Corne weren't so quick to leave their homes.
The shelter established for evacuees at Belle Rose Middle School was empty besides two Red Cross workers Saturday morning.
Pauline Dillie says, " It appears most of the folks want to stay around their homes, or with their friends and families."
Some packed up and left after part of Bayou Corne gave way and filled with water. Officials are calling the acre and a half acre sinkhole a salt dome failure
But News 2 spoke to several people who ignored the mandatory evacuation order.
Dennis Landry says, "The deputy wasn't knocking at your door forcing you to leave. "
Landry owns a boat launch and subdivision built along Bayou Corne. He has held meeting with neighbors since mysterious natural-gas bubbles and tremors were reported on the bayou two months ago.
How the bubbles are linked to the sinkhole is under investigation according to officials.
Despite the uncertainly of this situation, Landry says he's staying put as long as he can.
He says, "Most people are realizing now there's nothing they can do about it."
But Betty Thibodaux, who fled last night to Houma, disagrees.
She says, "Everybody's worried. Worried about they're belongings. Nobody knows what's happening I mean you don't rest."