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More air monitors going up in Bayou Corne

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Posted: Oct 1, 2012 6:11 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Oct 1, 2012 6:11 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: assumption parish, sinkhole, evacuation, bayou corne

BAYOU CORNE - Crews are working to get things back to normal after a massive sinkhole opened up two months ago, forcing dozens of people out of their homes.

"Pretty much pure hell," said resident Johnny Ruiz. "I've moved three times already and I'm just tired, I'm ready to come back home."

Ruiz has been out of his home for two months, ever since an evacuation was ordered shortly after the sinkhole appeared on property owned by Texas Brine.

"Just been too long... it's time to get back home," Ruiz said.

Today, Texas Brine crews began clearing trees and other vegitation from the sinkhole. The plan is to get those things out of the way so the crew can get to diesel which is on the surface of the sinkhole.

Officials said depending on the weather, diesel can be smelled throughout the neighborhoods in Bayou Corne. There's also fears the diesel could spread to other areas.

Parish officials believe gas bubbling in the bayous could be coming from gas that's collected in a water aquifer. So DEQ plans to vent the gas out of the aquifers.

"The aquifer is the collection point for the gas because it's a clay layer on top and it's being collected there and it's finding its way to the surface at different areas where the bubbles are occuring," said Assumption Parish emergency management director John Boudreaux.

Additional air monitors will be added throughout the community to keep an eye on gas seeping into the air. Officials are also waiting for test results from samples taken in the cavern last week. Those samples could take two to three weeks to reveal anything.

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