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Sinkhole getting national attention

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Posted: Dec 24, 2013 5:31 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Dec 24, 2013 5:38 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: bayou corne, sinkhole, growing, newsweek, attention

BAYOU CORNE- The massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish is gaining national attention again. Newsweek, an online news magazine, wrote an article about it.

The online magazine published the article last week called, "The Sinkhole that's Eating Louisiana."

This comes just days before activity on the sinkhole stopped because of seismic activity and cracks on a protection berm were reported.

In the article, the writer referred to the sinkhole as "a cancerous ulcer in the earth," and says the sinkhole "is gnawing away at its borders." He also goes on to say that "state officials estimate the sinkhole will expand from its current size of about 26 acres to at least 40 acres over the next several years."

"It's pretty interesting. I think it's a good recap of what's going on here. Some of it may be a little exaggerated," said Sheriff Mike Waguespack.

Dennis Landry was interviewed for the article. He agrees some things were embellished but not far from the truth.

"Anything is good. We certainly need more attention to what is going on here in Bayou Corne," said Landry.

The long time resident says he wishes the attention could be more positive but he knows it's needed.

"You live in a beautiful bayou paradise but now all you're hearing is the negative about the sinkhole, the gas, and the other problem in the area. It's kind of disappointing," said Landry.

A spokesperson for Texas Brine refutes the article and sent a letter to the magazine challenging it.

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