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, November 26 2013 5:32 PM EST2013-11-26 22:32:12 GMT
Bayou Corne residents are taking their concerns over the sinkhole disaster straight to Louisiana officials. They joined retired Army Lt. General Russel Honore and Assumption Parish leaders for a hearingMore >>
Bayou Corne residents, retired Army Lt. General Russel Honore and others went before the Department of Natural Resources to weigh-in on proposed regulations on salt domes.More >>
Tuesday, November 12 2013 6:55 AM EST2013-11-12 11:55:18 GMT
Concerned homeowners in Assumption Parish will have a chance to talk about new observation relief wells being installed at the sinkhole.The meeting is scheduled for 5:30pm Tuesday night at the CommandMore >>
Concerned homeowners will get a chance Tuesday to learn more information about the new relief wells being installed near the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana.More >>
Friday, November 8 2013 12:59 PM EST2013-11-08 17:59:14 GMT
Crews have been given the green light to continue work on the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana. There was a flyover of Bayou Corne on Thursday to obtain new pictures of the sinkhole from the air.More >>
Crews have been given the green light to continue work on the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana after a crack on one of the berms put a halt to things. More >>
Monday, October 28 2013 12:30 PM EDT2013-10-28 16:30:16 GMT
There has been more activity at the site of the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana, including the development of a crack on one of the berms. According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, the crackMore >>
There has been more activity at the site of the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana, including the development of a crack on one of the berms.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 >>