Natl. Guard reports sinkhole grew overnight
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities in Assumption Parish reported that the slurry area near Bayou Corne grew overnight.
The National Guard took infared readings by helicopter overnight, and observed the sinkhole grew by 10 to 20 feet from north to south.
Earlier today authorities said they were taking readings for naturally-ocurring radiation in the area of the sinkhole, which may have been left over from oil and gas exploration in the area. They said additional monitoring near bubbling areas of the bayou detected no radiation.
A state Department of Environmental Quality Mobile Lab arrived on site today to check air quality levels in the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities.
A mandatory evacuation order for residents in the Bayou Corne community remains in effect.
Click here for more updates from the Assumption Parish Police Jury's blog about the sinkhole.
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