Dramatic sinkhole video caught on tape, former residents shocked

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POSTED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 5:11pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 5:12pm

The Bayou Corne sinkhole grew another few acres Wednesday, and the dramatic growth was all caught on tape.

"It’s pretty amazing to see a full grown tree go down vertically," said John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.

It wasn’t the first time john Boudreaux has seen the Bayou Corne sinkhole swallow up trees dozens of feet high, but it was the first time he was able to capture some the sinkhole's huge power on video.

“Again yesterday showed that it is continuing to do its thing and grow over time and it has not yet," explained Boudreaux.

Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch said while it may look bad they are pretty sure the sinkhole won't grow much more.

"The sinkhole, we think, is reaching close to its stable size. But this is a process of that process. There will probably be some more trees slough in, as there have been in the past," explained Cranch.

But Cranch admitted there is no way to know if or when the sinkhole will stop growing.

"We can only watch and be prepared to contain the sinkhole with our berms and other methods we use,"

Some residents on Bayou Corne said though the sinkhole has devastated their lives for over a year now, seeing its power on video for the first time, was heartbreaking.

"It scares me. I mean our houses would shake like I don't know what. Then you see something like that, I mean I’ve been gone but some of the people who live here say some of their houses still shake," said Betty Thibodaux, a former resident of Bayou Corne, chased out of her home by the sinkhole.

While the sinkhole continues to grow Betty Thibodaux's hopes of one day returning to her home continue to shrink.

"It just breaks my heart, and to see my husband like he is. I don't have anything. I don't know how to explain it or how to say it, it's just like I am lost," Thibodaux shared.

Cranch said the sinkhole grew on the east-side this time, that is the side away from homes. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources stressed that the new growth doesn’t pose any public safety threat.
 

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