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Sinkhole appears in bubbling swamp

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Posted: Aug 3, 2012 10:49 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 3, 2012 10:49 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: bayou corne, grand bayou, assumption parish

BAYOU CORNE - A sinkhole formed overnight in an area of Assumption Parish swamps that have been bubbling for several weeks now.

John Boudreaux, the director of the parish office of emergency preparedness, said the sinkhole measured about 200 feet by 200 feet and several trees had fallen into it.

He said the sinkhole is on private land near the Texas Brine Co. LLC facility, near the areas of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou which have been the site of unexplained gas bubbles for some time.

Boudreaux said they will bring in a helicopter from Alexandria later today to get a better look at the sinkhole.

Federal and state officials have been in the area searching for the cause of the bubbling and reported tremors in the area, but have not narrowed down a cause for the phenomena yet.

News 2 crews are headed to the scene and will have more details starting at noon.

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