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Experts say cavern near sinkhole is stable

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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 cavern failed.

The brine company plans to buy residents out of their homes living near the 13-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

But for resident Ken Simoneaux, no amount of money in the world is enough to give him the happiness his home has.

"My home...they're talking about buying us out, bringing in an out of town appraiser and they're going to give me the price for a piece of dirt and a building, not my home for the last 27 years," said Simoneaux.

Oxy Cavern One was also a hot topic at the meeting.

Residents learned the cavern is stable after scientists found the cavern is closer to the edge of the salt dome than first expected.

"It has not showed any indication that it had failed yet but it is concerning where it's located," said Assumption Parish emergency preparedness manager, John Boudreaux.

Even though scientistics say the cavern is stable, not everyone feels at ease.

"I fear the domino effect. It may not be today, tomorrow, or this year, but I fear that's what's coming," said Simoneaux.

And that thought leaves him ready to pack up and leave.

"It was a beautiful place. It was serene and now it's flushed."



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