Crews continue to find out more about mysterious Bayou Corne sinkhole
POSTED: Monday, August 6, 2012 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 1:19pm
Bayou Corne, La (NBC33) — Bubbles and a massive sinkhole continue to plague the residents of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou. Geologists and experts were sent in today to continue monitoring the sinkhole, which appeared Friday morning. Officials think the collapse of an abandoned salt mine could be to blame, but aren't sure yet. Meanwhile Monday is the third day a mandatory evacuation has been in place, but officials estimate only 50% of the affected residents have actually left.
For now officials have said residents are only in danger if the sinkhole continues to grow, and hit a nearby propane well.
“And if it did happen maybe everything is bridged over. Everything is calmed and there'll be no more sinking, or no more further sinking, you know that could potentially be a catastrophic event." Mike Waguesback, the Assumption Parish Sheriff, shared.
“A lot of people here, they just feel safe. They feel pretty good that all of the authorities that are checking on the problem, we feel they're doing all they can do," Dennis Landry, a Bayou Corne resident, explained.
Landry and the other Bayou Corne residents said what they really want now are answers about what's causing the sinkhole and the mysterious bubbling. They’ve said if something changes, they will be ready to leave if need be.
"If it would start to get bigger or something would change in relation to that, that would be something that I think could change people's minds, and maybe make them feel like they might need to evacuate,” Landry said.
Survey teams did say find trace amounts of diesel in the sinkhole, though they can't say conclusively yet why they've found it. They also discovered the sinkhole is close to 380 feet deep.