View of sinkhole from the air on 6/18/2013 (Source: Assumption Parish OEP)
ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (WAFB) -
It's been about a year since a giant sinkhole began swallowing acres in southeast Louisiana.
Many people living near Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou remain out of their homes, as the sinkhole has grown since it first formed. The sinkhole has now grown to about 15 acres.
Officials with Texas Brine, the company that owns the salt dome that caused the sinkhole, said it expects to complete final containment later in the month. The company said it continues to vent and map the shallow gas. It added data shows the level of gas is dropping.
Texas Brine said it has reached agreements with 63 of the 92 homeowners that were offered settlements. About 350 people were forced from their homes due to the sinkhole.
In July, officials reported they believe the sinkhole is much deeper than originally thought and additional materials had surfaced. According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, John Boudreaux with the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has tagged the bottom center of the sinkhole, where the raindrop bubbles are occurring.
Authorities said the depth is more than 500 feet, although debris was felt at about 175 to 200 feet, while the weight continued to fall to the 500-foot depth. Officials added there will be attempts this week to use a longer measuring device to determine the depth of what is suspected to be the "upside down witch's hat." They reported more debris and hydrocarbon have risen to the top at the site.
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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 >>