Meeting set to brief community on sinkhole

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Posted: Aug 5, 2012 6:53 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Aug 5, 2012 6:53 PM

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BAYOU CORNE- Assumption Parish, State, and facility owners will meet with people who live near a sinkhole that developed Friday.

The sinkhole may be caused by a failure in a brine cavern inside a salt dome. The sinkhole is connected with some bubbles that appeared in Bayou Corne earlier this summer.

The meeting is set for Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church Hall in Pierre Part, located on Highway 70.

When the ground collapsed it also damaged a pipeline.
Because of that, Highway 70 was closed- and remains closed- it may open overnight. The line is being depressurized.

Friday night, people who live near the sinkhole were evacuated. A shelter at Belle Rose Middle School was opened.

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