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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 several trees and part of the road built to park excavators on when cleanup activities resumed.

Officials said this was an area which hadn't seen land fall in before, and that previous times the sinkhole grew all occurred in the same areas.

The parish police jury also reported a new bubbling spot was observed on Bayou Drive in Pierre Part, and DEQ would take samples to determine if it was natural gas or "swamp gas." Air monitoring in the area found no harmful risks.

The parish said they'll hold another briefing for evacuated residents on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. They currently plan to hold it at the unified command post at Sportsman's Landing, but said bad weather could force them to find an indoor location.

Earlier this week Texas Brine, which owns the property the sinkhole is on, released a statement saying an exploratory well into a nearby brine cavern revealed damage to the cavern which they believed was caused by regional seismic activity. Parish authorities disagree with that assessment, and are calling for more tests.

Damage to Texas Brine's cavern is believed to be the cause of the sinkhole, which formed last month, as well as bubbling in the nearby bayous which first started happening in May.

News 2's Adrian Pittman will have more on the situation in Bayou Corne tonight starting at 4 p.m.



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