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Drilling in Assumption Parish begins

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ASSUMPTION PARISH - Workers with Texas Brine LLC began drilling an exploratory well today to hopefully get some answers about the cause of a giant sinkhole on their property in Assumption Parish.

Today engineers started drilling to get to the 300 foot thick caprock that sits on top of a salt dome near the well.  Once inside the salt dome, workers will drill into an abandoned brine cavern so they can explore what's going on inside.

John Boudreaux, the emergency preparedness manager for Assumption Parish, said a mandatory evacuation for residents living in the Bayou Corne community could be in place for at least 2 months while the drilling takes place.

"Still a lot of unknowns, it's going to take some time for them to get in and see if this cavern is the cause of what has happened, and if it will progress any further," Boudreaux said.

Betty Cedotal, who lives in the area, said after the evacuation is lifted she isn't sure she'll return.

"I can't chance this happening again," she said. "Say we were able to come back, six months down the road something else happens, then I'm going to have to relocate again."

Last Friday residents in the evacuation zone received assistance checks from Texas Brine worth $875.  More than 110 residents are eligible for the checks, meant to help cover living expenses because of the evacuation.

Out of all the homes in the evacuation area, 90 percent of the families have left.


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