Tim Brown, his wife and their pet
Dachshunds have lived along Bayou Corne since 1999 - a lifestyle he's not
comfortable giving up.
"We're not going anyplace, so
we'll just ride it out and see what happens," said Brown.
Brown questions what his property
and those of others in the area are even worth and adds because of the sinkhole
selling and refinancing is not even an option. Texas Brine Spokesman Sonny
Cranch says the company has done its part making offers to residents interested
in a buyout.
"Residents accepted offers we
provided, others as part of the process responded with a counter offer and in
many cases, we accepted their counter offer," said Cranch.
As of Monday's court deadline, 44
residents in the Bayou Corne area had accepted a buyout offer from Texas Brine
according to Cranch, but community leaders say the company's response to this
situation from day one has come up well short of expectations.
"I've never seen a company take
this long to come to the people's aid," said State Representative Karen St.
Germain. "To take 10 and a half months to make a decision and to do it within a
month's time of discussions, settlements and counter offers, this is not even
Cranch disagrees and while he
acknowledges things like getting clearance for vent wells and insurance
approval have slowed recovery down, he says the company has done everything
it's been asked to do.
"We moved as quickly as we could
you know we had a bump in the road with our insurance carriers but we managed
to resolve those and complete the process," said Cranch.
A process that Brown has been
updating on his front lawn over each major holiday and one that he intends to
"Just don't want to leave this is
where we plan on retiring and we are going to hang on to it as long as we can,"
Tuesday, April 1 2014 7:05 AM EDT2014-04-01 11:05:22 GMT
The giant sinkhole in south Louisiana isn't getting any smaller, which is evident by more land being swallowed up recently. New video was posted to YouTube Monday by the Assumption Parish Police Jury.More >>
New video posted to YouTube shows bubbling, and then a chunk of land on the sinkhole's eastern side sinks underwater.More >>
Thursday, March 27 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-03-27 17:13:55 GMT
Officials said the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana swallowed more trees Wednesday afternoon. The Assumption Parish Police Jury said there was a burp and slough-in around 3:25 p.m. Officials said debrisMore >>
Officials said the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana swallowed more trees Wednesday afternoon following a burp at the site.More >>
Monday, March 17 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-03-17 17:08:03 GMT
The public will have a chance to hear what's going on at the giant sinkhole site in southeast Louisiana. Texas Brine said there will be an operational update meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the command trailerMore >>
The public will have a chance to hear what's going on at the giant sinkhole site in southeast Louisiana.More >>
Wednesday, March 12 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-03-12 19:38:37 GMT
There is new information being released about recent bubbling in a bayou near the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. Texas Brine, the company responsible for the sinkhole, reported scientists determined theMore >>
Texas Brine, the company responsible for the sinkhole, reported scientists determined the new bubbling site is the result of swamp gas and is not related to the giant slough in nearby.More >>
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 >>
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 >>