Aerial image August 2, 2013 (Source: Assumption Parish OEP)
BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) -
announced that work continues to be suspended within the berms and
directly on the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana just as a precaution while
new safety protocols are finalized.
put on hold after several more trees were swallowed Monday by the sinkhole in
Assumption Parish. It happened less than a week since the last slough-in and
just added to the size of the more than 24-acre sinkhole.
sinkhole opened up in August 2012 and was roughly 1/24 of the size it is now.
The sinkhole formed when an underground salt cavern collapsed.
Assumption Parish Police Jury released video of the two slough-ins on August 21
and August 22. A large area of trees was swallowed whole and the entire event
was caught on camera.
set sinkhole activity at code three, the highest alert level. No work will
be allowed on the sinkhole or within containment berms, though no elevated
levels of seismic activity have been detected since last week's slough-in.
sinking occurred along the eastern edge of the sinkhole and is believed to be
related to trees sinking in the sinkhole last week.
slough-in occurs after the sinkhole burps. Burps occur when air and gas from
deep in the sinkhole bubbles up. It can cause debris and an oily substance to
float to the top.
It has been
a year since hundreds living near the giant sinkhole were forced from their
were spotted in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012. Two months later, the
ground opened up and left what is now a 24-acre sinkhole. Residents were
evacuated and the most affected residents began receiving weekly checks from
Texas-Brine in the amount of $875 per week. Texas Brine owns the salt cavern
that collapsed, causing the sinkhole.
2, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced the state
will be suing Texas Brine for environmental damages caused by the failed Texas
18, about 25 trees were swallowed by the sinkhole in an area measured at 50' x
Texas Brine officials agree the situation is far from over. 3D seismic surveys
show the sinkhole itself it beginning to slow and stabilize, but the recovery
is focused on another danger; natural gas gathering underneath a nearby
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 >>