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Assistance location for sinkhole evacuees changed

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Posted: Aug 21, 2012 6:30 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2012 6:54 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: napoleonville, grand bayou, gas, bubbles, drilling, texas brine, sinkhole

NAPOLEONVILLE - Texas Brine today said they're changing where and when assistance checks will be given out to people evacuated from an area near a sinkhole on their property in Assumption Parish.

Spokesperson Sonny Cranch said because of overcrowded conditions they changed the location to the St. Joseph the Worker Parish Hall in Pierre Part. The checks will be given out on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Today officials at the Assumption Parish Police Jury said a small bubble site was discovered near the massive sinkhole. Residents have been reporting other gas bubbles and tremors in the area for months.

The sinkhole swallowed up an acre of bald cypress trees Aug 3. It has since grown to the size of a football field.

Scientists say the sinkhole might be related to an abandoned brine cavern below it. Texas Brine started drilling toward the brine cavern this week, and today said they were still working to get through a layer of cap rock that sits on top of a salt dome, all of which is above the cavern. They said crews will work around the clock at the drill until they reach the cavern.

Last Friday, two workers nearly fell into the sinkhole and cleanup activities were suspended. The parish has asked Texas Brine to provide a plan for future cleanup activities.

Residents with questions about assistance checks should contact a representative with Worley Catastrophe Response, an independent fund management agency handling the payments, at 504-616-6985.

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