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Bayou Corne resident says buyouts too low

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BAYOU CORNE - People living near the Assumption Parish sinkhole aren't happy with the buyout offers for their property, saying they're way too low.

"It was an insult. It was a slap in my face," said Bayou Corne resident Debra Charlet.

Charlet and her family received a buyout offer from Texas Brine for $236,000. It included the cost of their property, moving expenses, mental anguish, and health expenses.

"I'm not that stupid," Charlet told News 2. "I'm very intelligent. They insulted us."

Texas Brine started making the offers last week, and said 38 have been made so far. State officials said the company's responsible after the brine cavern they leased near Bayou Corne partially collapsed last year, prompting evacuations and causing property values to plunge.

People have 15 days to accept or counter offer. If they accept, they have 30 days to move.


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