POSTED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 6:10pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 10:43am
BAYOU CORNE,LA (NBC33) — People living near the site of the sinkhole say they're glad to see the equipment come but wonder if the drilling will produce any answers.
Big rigs full of equipment rolled into the Bayou Corne area Wednesday brining in materials for a relief well at an abandoned salt cavern near a huge sinkhole.
"I think it's a good thing to get more answers more information," said Bayou Corne resident Krista Thompson. "It shows that they are actually trying."
Krista Thompson lives in the mandatory evacuation zone she says she's waited for over a week to see this kind of progress.
"Texas Brine is a little laid back on it seems like maybe they should have started drilling," said Thompson. "If it's going to take 30 to 40 days to get information and results from drilling, maybe they should have started this two weeks ago when the sinkhole first started."
Texas Brine Company plans on drilling into an abandon salt cavern and test to see what's going on in the cavern. People in the area say they're not sure it's safe.
"If the salt dome was to collapse it be catastrophic," said Thompson. "If there was an explosion catastrophic. "
"Backfire on them you're talking about putting a rig in there," said Bayou Corne resident Ernest Boudreaux Jr. "What's to say that the rig isn't going to go down in it. That hole can come across the highway at any time."
Ernest Boudreaux Junior says many of his neighbors have evacuated, but he's waiting out the evacuation at home for now.
"A lot of people can't just pack up and say well i'm going stay in a hotel you're looking at 100 dollars a night and your talking about 45 days, " said Thompson.
He's worried that those who own property in the area will not be able to sell their property at a decent price thanks to the sinkhole situation.
Assumption parish officials say they will be notifying people who remain in the area before drilling begins on the relief well. They say it could cause lots of a noise and some shaking during the first few days.
Officials with GOHSEP say the sinkhole has grown it is now 476 feet (from the northeast to the southwest) by 640 feet (from the northwest to the southeast). State and local officials monitoring the situation will continue with regular flyovers throughout the duration of the incident.