Work on new containment levee near sinkhole paused during icy weather

Work on new containment levee near sinkhole paused during icy weather
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POSTED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 12:42am

UPDATED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 12:49am

Crews temporarily paused work on the work on the new southern containment berm in Bayou Corne because of the wintery weather. Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch, said crews did not work on the levee Tuesday or Wednesday.

Cranch said the delays could mean it will take more time for crews to complete the new structure.

Cranch said so far crews have placed down around 2500 linear feet of sand for the first layer of the levee. He said crews have approximately 1200 more linear feet to go along the to finish the sand layer along the new levee route.

Once the sand layer is complete, Cranch said, crews will add a layer of geotextile fabric, then a layer of clay, and then eventually a layer of limestone.

Crews began construction on of the new berm on January 8, 2014. Then company officials estimated it would take 30 days to complete the construction on the structure. Cranch says now it could take about two extra weeks to complete.

Officials say the new levee will go further south then the current existing southern levee . The new levee would add extra layer of protective barrier between the sinkhole and the surrounding waterways.

Texas Brine announced several weeks ago they would build the new berm after issues with the current southern berm came up. Texas Brine officials say they have since repaired the current southern berm.

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