People living near sinkhole ordered to evacuate
BAYOU CORNE - The Assumption Parish president called for people in the Bayou Corne community to evacuate tonight after a sinkhole formed in the area.
Emergency preparedness officials said the evacuation affects about 100 homes in the Bayou Corne community from Highway 70 south. President Martin Triche told News 2 he also asked for the National Guard to assist with the evacuation.
The mandatory evacuation order affects residents of the Bayou Corne community who live near the area of the sinkhole, which is in swamps between Grand Bayou and Bayou Corne. A spokesperson said there were also no closures of Highway 70 expected at this time.
Representatives from the Office of Emergency Preparedness are at a community meeting tonight informing residents about the sinkhole and evacuation. They and the Red Cross are working to open up a shelter for evacuees tomorrow at 8 a.m., but a location for the shelter has not been determined yet.
The parish OEP will be staffed 24 hours a day through the evacuation. Anyone with questions or information about the sinkhole should call them at (985) 369-7386.
News 2 crews are headed to Assumption Parish and will have live, team coverage of the evacuation tonight at 10 p.m.