Public meeting for evacuated residents

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Friday, August 24, 2012 - 10:06pm

Another day passes and hundreds still waiting for clarification.

"We're tired, concerned, emotional about it all," said Bayou Corne resident Dennis Landry. "Worried about the situation."

It's been three weeks since over a hundred homes were evacuated, residents of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou are still asking for answers.

"A lot of unanswered questions," Landry said. "Bubbling in the bayou continues."

Officials called a public meeting Friday night for those evacuated residents, trying to fill them in on what is known about the sinkhole that opened up near their homes, 400 feet from an abandoned salt cavern that is suspected to be the cause.

"Until you get in there and actually observe the cavern to determine if that's the true cause or not, it's a lot of uncertainty there," said John Boudreaux, with Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.

In the meantime, lives have been uprooted. Vickie Guilbeau is now staying an hour away in Port Allen.

"It's a hassle to get down here two, three times a week to cut grass, check the mail," Guilbeau said.

Her trips home to Bayou Corne may soon end. She said everything now has changed forever.

"I don't think a lot of people will come back," Guilbeau said. "Because I'm scared. Wouldn't get a good night's sleep here. It's totally changed."

The Department of Environmental Quality said their testing has not found any toxic levels in the area. They plan on conducting low flyovers starting Saturday for further testing.

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