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BAYOU BLUE, LA (WAFB) -
The sinkhole is growing. According to the Assumption Parish President, the sink hole has lost another 20-foot section. On Thursday, 50-feet fell in. No one was injured when the land fell in either time.
Crews are expected to being drilling the observation well tonight between 4 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting.
People living near the massive sink hole who had to be evacuated will be getting some money for their trouble. Beginning August 17, each home will be receiving $875 per week.
Residents must submit a driver's license or other photo ID to confirm they live near the sink hole.
Checks are being issued at the Sheriff's substation in Pierre Part.
Assistance for Bayou Corne Area Residents to be available Friday, August 17
Firm selected to handle aid to those affected by evacuation order
Residents affected by the August 4 evacuation
order resulting from the discovery of a sinkhole in northern Assumption
Parish will begin receiving financial assistance beginning Friday,
Texas Brine Company, LLC, of Houston, has
chosen Worley Catastrophe Response to coordinate and manage a housing
assistance fund for residents living around the Bayou Corne community in
the area under a mandatory evacuation order issued by Assumption Parish
officials. Worley will operate out of the Assumption Parish Sheriff's
Office substation in Pierre Part. A Worley employee will be on site
once a week, or as needed, beginning Friday.
Beginning August, 17, the fund will be used
to provide weekly housing assistance to those who live in the affected
area. A check in the amount of $875 per week will be issued to a
representative of each household in the affected area who submits a
Louisiana driver's license or other reasonably acceptable photo
identification confirming residence in the evacuation zone. Those
residences are listed in documentation provided by parish officials.
Assistance checks will issued by a Worley
representative at the sheriff's substation on a weekly basis. Texas
Brine has instructed Worley to consult with representatives of any
household whose residents believe that special circumstances might
warrant additional assistance. Each of those requests will be evaluated
on a case-by-case basis.
Local, state and federal officials studying
the sinkhole have not yet determined fault in the incident. Texas Brine
has operations adjacent to the sinkhole, south of La. 70 South in
Assumption Parish. The company is working closely with government
officials to help determine the cause of the sinkhole.
Because of its proximity to the sinkhole,
Texas Brine has taken the lead in providing aid to residents in the
community neighboring their facility and hired Worley to administer the
program, known as the Bayou Corne Incident Evacuee Fund.
About Texas Brine Company, LLC:
Texas Brine Company, LLC, is the largest
independent brine producer in the United States, supplying over 30
percent of the brine requirements of the chlor-alkali industry. More
information is available at http://www.texasbrine.com.