Posted: Aug 3, 2012 1:18 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 3, 2012 5:47 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Parish officials are now calling what they initially said was a "sinkhole" a "slurry area" near bubbling bayous in Assumption Parish.
According to a press people in Bayou Corne reported a strong diesel smell this morning. Shortly after that authorities identified a "slurry area" where several trees had collapsed in a swamp area between Grand Bayou and Bayou Corne.
State Police and parish emergency officials will fly over the site this afternoon to see if there are any other slurry areas. Other agencies will continue to monitor for any other slurry sites or expansion of the existing area.
Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou have been the site of gas bubbling for the past few weeks, as well as tremors reported by people living in the area. So far no definite cause for the bubbling or tremors has been identified.
News 2 crews are in the area and will have more details tonight.