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POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 7:07pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 7:28pm

Gary Cavalier lives off Highway 70 in Bayou Corne, and for more than five months he's watched as a massive sinkhole continues inch closer and closer to the community.

"He asked us you know if we would want to stay here," Cavalier said. "We told him no, because 10 years from now that can happen, anything could happen, they don't know what's going to happen."

He said if you take a pair of binoculars to the side of the highway you can clearly see the side of the hole.

"If it's getting closer what's going to happen if all collapses at one time how far it could come this way," Cavalier stated.

Assumption Parish emergency officials noticed increased seismic activity last week, but it slowed down when the sinkhole belched up more debris and more land sloughed in Saturday.

"It's not going towards Highway 70, which is a plus," John Boudreaux, director Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness explained. "Highway 70 continues to get tested each day and it's monitored pretty closely."

Then officials found a new bubble site on private property near the sinkhole. They say it's the biggest one yet.

"It is quite aggressive," Boudreaux described. "It is boiling the water. I'm guessing it's rolling the water up eight inches, so it's a pretty aggressive site that was found."

"The gas is definitely here, and it's definitely a problem," Cynthia Tauriac, Bayou Corne property owner, said about her concerns with the gas situation.

Boudreaux says the new discoveries won't delay efforts to get Bayou Corne back to normal, but it will be months before scientist get more answers.

"I don't think there is any end in sight to the whole episode ever being over. I just don't think it will ever be safe," Tauriac stated.

Cavalier just wants to get back to his regular routine but he says that won't happen till the evacuation order is lifted.

"Very emotional. Very sick frustrated. I owe a hundred something dollars on my place right now. I couldn't sell it for $12 now if I wanted to know you know what I'm saying," Cavalier said.

Public briefings have been scheduled.

January 30, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m.
Assumption Parish Community Center
This public meeting will consist of Texas Brine officials providing information specific to their activities.

February 5, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m.
Assumption Parish Community Center
This public meeting will consist of parish officials and state agencies as past public briefings.

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