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State plans precautionary detour near sinkhole

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BAYOU CORNE - State leaders have a $10 million plan in place in case the Bayou Corne sinkhole expands near Louisiana Highway 70.

The sinkhole is about 1,000 feet from the highway right now. The majority of Bayou Corne residents parted ways after the sinkhole swallowed up 37 acres of land. The few residents who still call the area home want to protect what's left.

It's not just a little country highway without any significance. It has a lot of significance, not only locally but to the whole region of south Louisiana," said resident Dennis Landry.

Thousands of drivers use the highway a day. Residents described Highway 70 as a critical artery from Baton Rouge to Morgan City. State leaders have a plan to create a detour route if the sinkhole causes any issues for the roadway.

"If ever the road were to begin subsiding or the sinkhole reach the roadway, it's contingency for Highway 70 to be rerouted to allow the 9,000 vehicles that pass a day to still have a way to get back and forth," said Assumption Office of Emergency Preparedness Director John Boudreaux.

"It is very important that at least they have a plan in place," said Landry. "It's always good to have a contingency plan in place in case the unexpected or expected occurs. So, yes, it's great that they have a plan in place."

The state also placed sensors in the ground to monitor the sinkhole. Right now data does not point toward the sinkhole getting any closer than 400 feet from the highway, according to Boudreaux.



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