May 17, 2013 5:17 PM
BAYOU CORNE- In Assumption Parish, cashing in is a lot harder as parish leaders try to collect money from a company blamed for a massive sinkhole.
Parish president Martin Triche says Texas Brine owes the parish more than $130,000 for operating a command post and patrolling the evacuated area.... more »
May 13, 2013 10:29 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Repairs to a breached berm on one side of the Assumption Parish sinkhole could begin today, according to parish authorities.
Emergency managers told News 2 they were waiting for the water in the area to recede enough for work to resume on the breaches in the... more »
May 10, 2013 1:12 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Assumption Parish officials reported a berm around the western side of the Bayou Corne sinkhole breached in five places during strong storms overnight.
The parish police jury reported two breaches have been repaired, but one small breach and two larger breaches have yet to be repaired.... more »
May 7, 2013 2:42 PM
BELLE ROSE - Authorities in Assumption Parish arrested a woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend at a home in Belle Rose.
Deputies said Gwendolyn Simon got into an argument with her boyfriend on Monday, then stabbed him once in the back and once in the chest as he was... more »
May 1, 2013 6:38 PM
BAYOU CORNE - A community meeting with members of the governor's blue ribbon commission for the Assumption Parish sinkhole is going on now.
The commission has been in Bayou Corne for the past few days examining the sinkhole site. The group was formed to ensure the long-term safety of... more »
April 23, 2013 4:10 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The company which owns land a sinkhole appeared on in Assumption Parish said recent 3D imaging shows the area around the sinkhole is stable, and not in danger of forming another hole.
Sonny Cranch with Texas Brine LLC said the survey showed the western side of... more »
April 3, 2013 10:54 AM
BAYOU CORNE - An unknown gas has been found under the slabs of two homes and a workshop near the Bayou Corne sinkhole.
The parish said Texas Brine contractors confirmed that gas was present under the slab of the homes on Sauce Piquante Lane north of Highway 70 in... more »
March 28, 2013 10:21 PM
BAYOU CORNE- A giant sinkhole in Assumption Parish has grown.
More tremors and movement underground halted work at the site.
The slurry grew to 13-acres after more ground and trees were swallowed-up.
The sinkhole appeared in August.
The company that operated a salt brine cavern underground,... more »
March 28, 2013 10:01 AM
NAPOLEONVILLE - Deputies in Assumption Parish discovered a kilo of cocaine during a traffic stop earlier this week.
They arrested 54-year-old Larry Woods after allegedly finding the narcotics in his car Monday along Hwy. 1.
Woods faces possession with intent to distribute charges. He remains inside the parish... more »
March 19, 2013 10:32 PM
BAYOU CORNE- Residents in Bayou Corne packed the Assumption Parish Civic Center, to hear the latest involving the massive sinkhole.
The meeting started with Texas Brine's attorney, Bradley Myers, explaining how the buyout will work.
The company is believed to be responsible for the sinkhole when its salt... more »
March 18, 2013 5:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - Assumption Parish President Marty Triche says buyouts and settlements being offered by Texas Brine are not all that needs to be done.
The company operates a cavern that is believed to be the cause of a sinkhole. Evacuations in the area started last August.
Triche... more »
March 18, 2013 10:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - While they warned it's not likely, contractors showed Louisiana lawmakers details about worst-case scenarios at the Assumption Parish sinkhole today.
Experts told members of the Joint Natural Resources Committee Monday there would be months of warnings before anything like those scenarios happened.
The 9-acre sinkhole... more »
March 18, 2013 7:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz will appoint the members of a "blue ribbon commission" by the end of this week to determine when Bayou Corne residents can safely return home.
The sinkhole led to evacuation of about 150 homes in August. Patrick Courreges,... more »
March 13, 2013 3:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today Texas Brine will buy out property owners affected by a massive sinkhole which appeared in Assumption Parish last year.
Jindal said the buyout process will begin this week, starting with property appraisals. People who volunteer to be bought out will be... more »
March 13, 2013 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he plans to push for quick buyouts of property affected by the Assumption Parish sinkhole when he meets with Texas Brine officials today.
Jindal met with parish officials to discuss the sinkhole Monday. He said then he planned to push Texas Brine,... more »
March 11, 2013 2:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's office said he plans to visit the site of the Bayou Corne sinkhole next week, and push for buyouts of property affected by evacuations in the area.
Jindal met today with Assumption Parish President Marty Triche and other parish leaders to discuss the... more »
March 9, 2013 7:27 PM
PIERRE PART- Erin Brockovich, the woman who became famous after a film profiled her life in the year 2000 starring Julia Roberts, visited with residents affected by the Bayou Corne sinkhole.
Brockovich helped get millions of dollars in settlement money from a company in California, after she helped prove... more »
March 8, 2013 10:22 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Preparing for a worst-case scenario is what residents are cautious of in the homes surrounding a massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
Residents are wondering why a remedy is taking so long and are faced with a tough reality.
The mess has already cost Texas Brine... more »
March 7, 2013 9:43 PM
BAYOU CORNE- Leaders in Assumption Parish are working on the final details to secure a meeting with Gov. Bobby Jindal.
He has not visited the site of a giant sinkhole since it developed in August, and the people who live near it want him to see it.
Leaders... more »
March 6, 2013 8:10 AM
NAPOLEONVILLE - Environmental activist Erin Brockovich and a California attorney are coming to Louisiana to discuss legal options for residents evacuated from the Bayou Corne area due to a giant sinkhole. Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Thomas V. Girardi says he and Brockovich will attend a community meeting Saturday at... more »
February 19, 2013 4:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - People evacuated 200 days ago by a sinkhole in Assumption Parish asked lawmakers today to help them get buyouts for their homes.
Residents and parish officials packed a Senate committee hearing today to tell lawmakers about what the past months have been like. They said the... more »
February 19, 2013 10:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - Spectators packed the Senate committee room at the state capitol this morning ahead of a scheduled committee meeting to discuss developments at the Assumption Parish sinkhole.
The state Senate's Natural Resources Committee scheduled two meetings, one today and another later in Assumption Parish, to get more... more »
February 12, 2013 10:35 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH- A sinkhole that has swallowed up parts of a bayou and forced more than a hundred people to evacuate grew even more Tuesday.
The swamp in Bayou Corne collapsed another 50' x 100' section. But, leaders said the growth is away from homes and a highway.
... more »
February 1, 2013 5:46 PM
NAPOLEONVILLE-52 year old Marty Jamison is in jail on 34 charges Including drunk driving. His arrest last night is his fifth DWI.
It all started here where Highway 308 and Spur 70 meet. Just a few miles from downtown Napoleonville. A place where everyone still buzzing about last night's... more »
January 31, 2013 10:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - A day of searching on the Belle River ended without good news for the family of a missing Baton Rouge firefighter.
Teams from five different agencies used divers and SONAR-equipped boats in their search for Jacob Lewis, 28, who went into the river last night while... more »
January 28, 2013 7:17 AM
BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the Louisiana Senate Natural Resources Committee says he favors holding a joint legislative hearing in mid-February in Assumption Parish concerning issues raised by the Napoleonville Dome sinkhole.
State Sen. Gerald Long says parish officials had asked to have it in Assumption Parish and... more »
January 21, 2013 10:36 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Assumption Parish officials say scientists have noticed a recent increase in seismic activity near the huge sinkhole at Bayou Corne, and worry that it might grow again. Parish emergency preparedness director John Boudreaux tells The Advocate that the increase was first noticed about two weeks ago. He... more »
January 20, 2013 7:17 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The Bayou Corne sinkhole isn't showing any signs of relief. Saturday it burped up vegetation and got even bigger. More tests are being done to get answers to what caused the sinkhole and other things happening around it.
Crews are scheduled to begin work on a... more »
January 19, 2013 10:44 PM
BAYOU CORNE- State and Parish leaders are on alert in Assumption Parish after the sinkhole "burped" again today. It happened at 10am and caused heightened anxiety in an already tense area.
Parish officials said hydrocarbons and debris bubbled up to the surface and caused major cracks in a well... more »
January 14, 2013 11:25 PM
BAYOU CORNE- The company blamed for a sinkhole in Assumption Parish will perform 3D imaging on the cavern, deep underground, to get a 21st Century look at its integrity.
The state ordered Texas Brine to do the new tests, instead of drilling new test wells. The company said Monday... more »
January 8, 2013 4:12 PM
BELLE ROSE - Sheriff's deputies asked for the public's help today finding the people responsible for a home invasion in Belle Rose earlier this week.
Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said two masked men robbed a 22-year-old Belle Rose resident in his home the night of Jan. 6.
... more »
December 13, 2012 10:56 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Health and environmental officials scheduled a community briefing tonight to for Bayou Corne residents evacuated due to a sinkhole near their homes.
DHH and DEQ, along with parish officials, said they will specifically address health concerns residents had previously brought up. They will not have information... more »
December 12, 2012 5:19 PM
BAYOU CORNE - A massive sinkhole in Bayou Corne got even bigger overnight, and there are more reports of bubbling in the bayou.
The sinkhole grew on the southwest side of the sinkhole near the Texas Brine facility. Residents in the area have been under a mandatory evacuation since... more »
December 12, 2012 11:04 AM
BELLE ROSE- Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack says detectives have arrested a 28-year-old Napoleonville man accused of shooting and killing a Thibodaux man last week during an armed robbery in Belle Rose. Waguespack said in a news release received by The Advocate Harrison Truehill was booked Tuesday night with second-degree... more »
December 6, 2012 4:51 PM
BELLE ROSE - Sheriff's deputies are still searching for answers after finding a missing shooting victim from Assumption Parish.
A fisherman found the body of 23-year-old Tony Rodriguez Jr., in an Iberville Parish canal between Donaldsonville and White Castle.
Rodriguez went missing after a shooting in Assumption Parish... more »
December 6, 2012 12:43 PM
BELLE ROSE - Fishermen found the body of a missing shooting victim last night, according to the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said the body of Tony Rodriguez Jr. was found last night by fishermen in a canal off Myles Road in Iberville Parish. He appeared to... more »
December 5, 2012 4:06 PM
BELLE ROSE- Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack calls it one of the most bizarre crimes he's ever investigated.
Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, two men took a wrong turn on Tigerville Road and their night took a horrifying turn, according to investigators.
"Two subjects stood in front of the... more »
December 5, 2012 10:38 AM
BELLE ROSE - Sheriff's deputies asked for the public's help today finding an alleged shooting victim in Assumption Parish.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Tony Rodriguez Jr., 23, is missing after he was possibly shot during a robbery yesterday.
The sheriff said deputies were called by someone who said... more »
December 2, 2012 5:32 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH- The company blamed for the growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish faces hefty fines from the state.
"There needs to be more urgency to get things done. It's been quite some time since the event started. ," says John Bordreaux, Director of Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security... more »
November 27, 2012 4:43 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Texas Brine removed work crews from the Bayou Corne sinkhole after they said it "burped" earlier today.
According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, gas, debris and oil bubbled up from below the sinkhole's surface around 11:30 a.m.
They said several trees from a corner... more »
November 23, 2012 10:18 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities report no new problems with poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas near a large sinkhole in Assumption Parish. A relief well near the sinkhole was shut down after hydrogen sulfide emissions were detected. However, the Shaw Group reports that no similar problems have been found in testing of... more »
November 15, 2012 8:49 AM
BATON ROUGE - Permission slips being distributed to residents in Bayou Corne area will allow Texas Brine to install equipment to mitigate any dangers that might be posed by underground methane gas.
The state Office of Conservation directed the company to install methane monitors and ventilation systems to avoid... more »
November 9, 2012 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state has sent a $3.5 million bill to the Texas company it blames for a massive sinkhole that has swallowed more than 5 acres of land in Assumption Parish and contaminated an aquifer. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell sent a letter this week to lawyers for Texas... more »
November 2, 2012 10:39 AM
NAPOLEONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies arrested an Assumption Parish 11-year-old after they said he admitted to calling in a bomb threat to a Napoleonville pharmacy.
Deputies said the threat was called in Tuesday morning to the Assumption Pharmacy on Washington Street. Authorities evacuated the pharmacy and nearby businesses while bomb... more »
October 31, 2012 5:44 PM
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.
... more »
October 30, 2012 9:27 PM
BAYOU CORNE- More land was swallowed-up by a growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
Tuesday, another 80-by-20 foot section gave-way. That's about 1600 square feet.
Environmental experts blame the sinkhole on a failed salt brine cavern managed by Texas Brine. They say the failure is also responsible for tremors... more »
October 25, 2012 1:46 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities in Assumption Parish reported seismic activity happened this week near the large sinkhole on property owned by Texas Brine.
The parish police jury said U. S. Geological Survey monitors recorded a sharp tremor around 9:06 p.m. Tuesday night near one of the company's caverns.
... more »
October 1, 2012 6:11 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Crews are working to get things back to normal after a massive sinkhole opened up two months ago, forcing dozens of people out of their homes.
"Pretty much pure hell," said resident Johnny Ruiz. "I've moved three times already and I'm just tired, I'm ready to... more »
October 1, 2012 10:15 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Officials in Assumption Parish are waiting for test results pulled from a damaged Texas Brine cavern which could shed more light on what caused a massive sinkhole near Bayou Corne.
The tests should indicate what could have caused the cavern to fail. Texas Brine, which owns... more »
September 29, 2012 7:35 PM
PIERRE PART-In Assumption Parish dozens of people showed up for a meeting with officials to find out what's going on since they were evacuated from their homes near Bayou Corne.
Vicki Guilbeau says, "Somebody's having a problem finding out what's going on. And they don't have the answers just... more »
September 26, 2012 5:43 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The sinkhole which formed more than a month ago in Assumption Parish is still growing.
Overnight the hole on Texas Brine's property swallowed another chunk of land, including part of a remote road. It's now about 500 feet wide.
As the sinkhole continues to grow,... more »
September 26, 2012 1:10 PM
BAYOU CORNE - A sinkhole in Assumption Parish swallowed part of a work road as more land sloughed off into it.
Parish officials said a 30 foot by 50 foot section of land on the southeast side of the sinkhole near Bayou Corne collapsed overnight. The slough in took... more »
September 24, 2012 3:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - Officials say an abandoned brine cavern in the Napoleonville salt dome has been successfully breached. State Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh said Monday the investigatory well entered the cavern Saturday evening. Officials say they hope samples taken from inside the cavern will shed some light on the... more »
September 20, 2012 3:24 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Emergency management authorities said a sinkhole in Assumption Parish expanded again overnight.
John Boudreaux, the director for the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said an additional 25 feet of land fell off into sinkhole. It's the second time this week the size of... more »
September 18, 2012 8:54 AM
BAYOU CORNE- Residents will hold an emergency town-hall meeting to encourage state and local officials to provide more information about the sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
John Achee Jr., a community activist, said the meeting will be held Thursday at the St. Joseph the Worker Church parish hall in Pierre... more »
September 17, 2012 4:41 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH- Texas Brine officials announced Monday, the sinkhole grew larger. A 20 x 20 foot section fell in, swallowing up a tree.
Today, there was heightened anxiety in the area, as tremors were being continuously felt. Friday, those shakes jolted a State Trooper from his sleep.
"It's... more »
September 10, 2012 4:29 PM
PLATTENVILLE - Parish leaders said an Assumption Parish DSNAP location for people to apply for disaster food aid will open tomorrow.
The program helps people pay for food in the aftermath of a disaster and is based on their income. Assumption Parish is one of 16 parishes in the... more »
September 10, 2012 11:33 AM
PIERRE PART - Sheriff's deputies arrested a man in Assumption Parish and said he was caught with several bags of crystal meth.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said narcotics agents arrested Tommy Donati, II of Berwick this past Friday in suspicion of possessing meth with the intent to distribute it, and... more »
September 5, 2012 4:21 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - Fishermen along Belle River are beginning to feel the negative impacts of Hurricane Isaac.
A massive fish kill litters waterways they typically work. Gary Cutchall, who's been fishing for more than 60 years, has seen bad fish kills before and knows it will have serious implications... more »
September 5, 2012 10:41 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities in Assumption Parish said drilling could resume tonight on an exploration well near a large sinkhole in the parish.
The parish police jury said Texas Brine was ahead of schedule resuming operations, after they had to halt drilling for almost a week during Hurricane Isaac.... more »
September 4, 2012 3:58 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - Residents along Bayou Lafourche began noticing thousands of dead fish surface along the waterway this weekend.
Jimmy Ohmer has lived along the bayou for nearly two decades, and said he began noticing a change in his backyard Saturday.
"It went from a lighter color to... more »
September 4, 2012 1:02 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Gas is bubbling up in new spots near a massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
Pockets of gas are roiling the water in Bayou Corne, Grand Bayou and Triche Canal. Gas has been bubbling up in other locations in the area for months.
Investigators believe the... more »
August 31, 2012 10:43 AM
ASSUMPTION PARISH- Sugarcane farmers are assessing their crop after Hurricane Isaac hit south Louisiana.
The storm knocked down a majority of the sugarcane crops, but things are better than they seem.
News 2's Adrian Pittman talks to a farmer about their crop tonight on News 2 at 6. more »
August 30, 2012 5:55 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - Officials in Assumption Parish said now that Isaac has passed, they can focus their attention back on a massive sinkhole near Bayou Corne.
The sinkhole did not grow any during the storm. A drilling rig set up to go into a brine cavern near the sinkhole... more »
August 27, 2012 4:55 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - There's a voluntary evacuation in Assumption Parish, for Isaac, but people near Bayou Corne are still under a mandatory evacuation, because of a massive sinkhole.
On Monday, Jarred Breaux was boarding up his home and plans to ride the storm out.
"I'm a little bit... more »
August 24, 2012 6:14 PM
BAYOU CORNE- Tonight people who live near Bayou Corne attended a meeting with Assumption Parish officials and Texas Brine to find out what's going on with the sinkhole and relief well.
James Bergeron is one of the few in his neighborhood who stayed behind. He said many come back... more »
August 21, 2012 10:50 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Emergency officials in Assumption Parish scheduled a public meeting for Friday, Aug. 24 to update people on the condition of the sinkhole near Bayou Corne.
Texas Brine continued work drilling an observation well to get into a brine cavern near the sinkhole, which is on their... more »
August 20, 2012 10:27 AM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - Drilling could be underway as soon as today to get to the bottom of what caused a sinkhole and bubbles in the Assumption Parish bayous.
Crews with Texas Brine will have to get into a 300-foot-thick caprock that sits on top of a salt dome which... more »
August 16, 2012 6:05 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Texas Brine LLC announced that starting tomorrow they'll provide financial assistance to people who evacuated the Bayou Corne area because of a large sinkhole.
The area grew by 50 ft. this morning, and swallowed a boat. Two men were rescued when a huge chunk of land... more »
August 16, 2012 11:26 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Emergency personnel rescued two workers who were cleaning up a portion of the Assumption Parish sinkhole when their boat was caught in it.
The Assumption Parish Police Jury said the workers were on the southwest side of the sinkhole when 50 feet of land collapsed into... more »
August 15, 2012 5:32 PM
BAYOU CORNE - As dozens of trucks arrived with drilling equipment to take a look beneath a sinkhole in Assumption Parish, authorities said the hole has continued to increase in size.
Christina Stephens, a spokesperson with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said the surface of... more »
August 15, 2012 10:04 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Ten trucks hauling parts of a exploratory well are making their way to Bayou Corne, and could impact some traffic in our area.
State Police said the trucks are coming from Scott, La., and will take several routes, including I-10.
They will travel east on... more »
August 14, 2012 3:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - State agencies say they've asked the company owning a natural gas pipeline that was bent by an expanding sinkhole in Assumption Parish for an updated risk management plan on a nearby butane storage cavern. Crosstex Energy LP of Dallas owns a storage cavern 1,600 feet from the... more »
August 13, 2012 4:48 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - State leaders approved a permit today for Texas Brine LLC to begin drilling a relief well near a large slurry area in Assumption Parish.
The well would look into a cavern that experts believe could be causing mysterious bubbles in Bayou Corne and the nearby sinkhole,... more »
August 13, 2012 12:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Drilling of a new well into an abandoned brine cavern could begin in a few days.
The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources has approved Texas Brine LLC's permit to drill the well.
The purpose is to determine the structural status of the cavern and determine... more »
August 9, 2012 5:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - This afternoon state officials ordered Texas Brine Company to drill a well to a salt cavern in Assumption Parish as part of their efforts to see what caused a sinkhole and bubbles in the bayou.
The Department of Natural Resources said Commissioner of Conservation Jim Welsh... more »
August 9, 2012 3:08 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities in Assumption Parish reported that the slurry area near Bayou Corne grew overnight.
The National Guard took infared readings by helicopter overnight, and observed the sinkhole grew by 10 to 20 feet from north to south.
Earlier today authorities said they were taking readings... more »
August 6, 2012 4:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - State officials say preliminary slurry water samples pulled from the acre of swampland that liquefied into muck over the weekend indicate the presence of small amounts of diesel hydrocarbons. The pond of muck, located in Assumption Parish, first appeared Friday night and grew quickly, bending a 36-inch... more »