Part of La. 70 shut down near site of sinkhole, neighbors remain evacuated
ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (NBC33) — A 36 inch natural gas pipeline near a sinkhole in the Bayou Corne area shifted making it unsafe to use part of Highway 70.
According to release from Assumption Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness the pipeline belonging to Crosstex has “deflected in a 400 foot section next to the slurry hole 16 feet down and 15 feet towards the east.”
Highway 70 is shut down from highway 69 to Lee Drive.
The roadway will remain closed until crews can depressurize the line. The work could last though Sunday afternoon.
People living in the Bayou Corne area aren't allowed back into their homes.
"We want answers,” said Jason Hue, who lives near the sinkhole site. “We need to know if it's safe or not right here. I feel like all I’ve worked for is going down the drain."
"We've been concerned since the bubbles,” said Hue. “Then they started having tremors. We was concerned about that. Now we have a big sinkhole half a mile from my house.”
State and local emergency official continue to watch the sinkhole for any changes.
"Area that has been just disturbed turned over trees that were there two days ago are no longer there,” said Assumption Parish Police Jury President Marty Triche. “It looks like a slurry of slush. "
People are not in the clear yet to come home. Triche says it could take all weekend before the mandatory evacuation is lifted.
"Till they tell us with a high degree of probability that this sinkhole is stable, and it will not grow or effect any of the surrounding pipeline or well leaks or the community itself. We will continue to have the evacuation in place," said Triche.
Neighbors say they don't know how much more they can take.
"They found a problem, and they don't know how to rectify it,” said Assumption Parish Resident Donald Gros. “They don't know how to fix it at all."
"We want answers,” said Hue. “We want to know how long this is going be. What more you going do?"
"It's very very worrisome not only for the immediate time as to what they don in the future. Can they expect this in the future," said Triche.
An American Red Cross shelter remains open at Belle Rose Middle School.
State and local emergency officials set up a meeting for Tuesday Aug. 7 at 6:30 pm for those who are affected.
The meeting will be held at the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Pierre Part.