POSTED: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 9:37pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 9:49pm
BAYOU CORNE,LA (NBC33) — People living in Bayou Corne want the White House to step in and help save their community.
They've started a petition online asking for the President to declare the area a federal disaster zone and send in federal aid.
It's been more than five months since parish officials issued a mandatory evacuation. A brine cavern in Bayou Corne failed and resulted in a massive sinkhole forming yards away from their homes. The collapse also lead to the release of natural gas across the area.
The petition has to reach a total of 25,000 signatures by February 4, 2013 in order to get a response from the White House.
To learn more about the petition click here.