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Official claims sinkhole depth exceeds estimates

3 years 11 months 1 week ago July 15, 2013 Jul 15, 2013 Monday, July 15 2013 July 15, 2013 1:26 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BAYOU CORNE - An official says the deepest part of the 22-acre sinkhole near Bayou Corne is at least 500 feet deep, and not between 110 to 220 feet deep that has been estimated by Texas Brine.

John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security, says previous depth reports released by Texas Brine Co. may have been inaccurate because the company's sonar did not penetrate debris fields inside the sinkhole.

The swampland hole emerged last August after a salt dome cavern failed deep underground.

A company spokesman said Sunday he is confident the depth findings are correct.

Boudreaux said he took a 10-pound crowbar and attached it to a 500-foot surveyor's tape measure, and let the crowbar go, unspooling the tape measure until it could not go any further.

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