Aerial image March 28, 2013 (Source: Assumption Parish OEP)
An updated map providing distance information from the sinkhole to LA-70 and the Bayou Corne Community. (Source: Assumption Parish OEP)
BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) -
Contractors reported finding the presence of gas under two homes near the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana.
The Assumption Parish Police Jury Blog posted at 9:45 a.m. that Texas Brine verified gas is located under the slab of both the home and the shed at one location. There was another post at 10:20 a.m. stating gas had been discovered under the slab of a second home.
Both homes are on Sauce Piquante Lane in Bayou Corne. Officials said monitoring will continue to check for gas in the area.
exactly 9 months since the sinkhole, now 12-acres wide, first appeared in the
middle of Bayou Corne.
want to live like that. I want to leave, and Texas Brine needs to buy my family
out," said Jennifer Gregoire.
is one of dozens of Bayou Corne homeowners with air monitors in their houses. She
is one of three who also have holes drilled through their floors---testing for
possible gases below the foundation. On Wednesday, Texas Brine verified gas has
been found under two homes on Sauce Piquante Lane—including Gregoire's.
sitting on the couch, clinching the dog---like oh my God we're about to just go
up in flames," said Gregoire. "Then they turn around and, 'everything will be
okay.' You ask a question, and it's not even the answer you were expecting.
Swamp gas? Really?"
is still being done to determine what those gases are and what effect they may
wondering what all of this is going to mean now," said Dennis Landry.
lives and owns a business on the other side of highway 70. Unlike Gregoire, he wants
and most of my neighbors on Sportsman's Drive are inclined to stay," said
Landry. "It would take a buyout where they offer three or four times the value…the
pre-sinkhole value of our homes."
have been visiting homes around Bayou Corne, as the first step in determining
values and beginning the buyout process. So far no dollar amounts have been mentioned. As
for a timetable, a Texas Brine spokesperson tells us homeowners can expect
offers 30 to 45 days after the completion of appraisals, which will come after
the inspections are complete.
emergency operations director John Boudreaux says another resident on Sauce Piquante
Lane reported bubbling in the bayou---north of the street. He says they have
sent samples of that water off for further testing.
Work is again on hold near the sinkhole site due to more tremors. Seismic monitors picked up the activity early Tuesday morning. The devices are taking readings around the clock to determine when it's safe for crews to get back to work.
Meanwhile, the sinkhole commission created by the state of Louisiana government will hold a public meeting this Friday to discuss safety.
The meeting is open to the public. It will take place at the Woods Auditorium on the LSU campus from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Bubbles were spotted in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012. Two months later, the ground opened up and left a nine-acre sinkhole. Residents were evacuated and have been for the past seven months. Most affected residents began receiving weekly checks from Texas-Brine in the amount of $875 per week. The sinkhole is now around 14 acres in size.
On March 13, Texas-Brine, the Houston based company that owns the salt dome that caused the sinkhole, announced it would begin assessing the homes and offering buyouts and settlements for the 350 people evacuated.
Tuesday, February 25 2014 8:00 AM EST2014-02-25 13:00:21 GMT
Officials said a new bubbling site has been discovered near the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, bubbles were spotted on Grand Bayou, which runs alongMore >>
Officials said a new bubbling site has been discovered near the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. The bubbles were seen on Grand Bayou. More >>
Tuesday, February 18 2014 12:21 PM EST2014-02-18 17:21:55 GMT
Officials will address concerns at the site of the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. Texas Brine will hold a public meeting in Assumption Parish next week. It is scheduled to take place at the TexasMore >>
Officials will address concerns at the site of the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. Texas Brine will hold a public meeting in Assumption Parish Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, January 14 2014 6:51 AM EST2014-01-14 11:51:44 GMT
More information will be given Tuesday about current efforts to contain the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana. Texas Brine and Assumption Parish officials will hold an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. toMore >>
More information will be given Tuesday about current efforts to contain the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana. The focus will be on those vent wells siphoning gas from beneath the ground.More >>
Wednesday, January 8 2014 6:28 PM EST2014-01-08 23:28:12 GMT
The company that accepted responsibility for the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Bayou Corne claims an insurance company has put them in a hole.Texas Brine filed a complaint with the state insurance departmentMore >>
The company that accepted responsibility for the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Bayou Corne claims an insurance company has put them in a hole.More >>
Tuesday, December 24 2013 8:41 AM EST2013-12-24 13:41:01 GMT
Work is once again on hold at the giant Louisiana sinkhole after workers found another crack in the levee. The new cracks are in the same spot where previous cracks were repaired in the lowest part ofMore >>
Work is once again on hold at the giant Louisiana sinkhole after workers found another crack in the levee.More >>
The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. Click here to see the photos from August 2012 until now.More >>
The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. The sinkhole, or slurry, is consuming land and trees. Many images are from the Assumption Parish Police Jury. Click here to see the photos from August until now. More >>