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Sinkhole near Bayou Corne continues to grow

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Posted: Oct 31, 2012 5:44 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Oct 31, 2012 5:44 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: sinkhole, assumption parish, bayou corne, gas bubbles

BAYOU CORNE - The massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish grew again overnight, swallowing another 100-by-300 foot chunk of land.

"That sinkhole keeps getting bigger and bigger and expanding out. Sooner or later they're going to come door to door telling us to get out," said resident Kenneth Marroy.

150 homes were forced into a mandatory evacuation after the sinkhole first appeared in August. Now there are fears neighbors forced to evacuate in August may be out of their homes through the holidays.

"You work all your life, you want to retire, you want to settle down, then one day somebody tell you it's a mandatory evacuation," says Marroy.

Parish officials are waiting on test results from the failed Texas Brine cavern before giving residents the go-ahead to return home.

"That's what's probably going to be the time consuming item is getting that work completed as well as analyzed," said Assumption Parish Homeland Security manager John Boudreaux.

Now residents are patiently waiting for relief.

"If that hole gets any bigger, you can start saying your prayers," says Marroy.

Monitors are located near the sinkhole to warn when the sinkhole grows, but those monitors are still being tested.

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