Drilling to determine cause of sinkhole begins in Bayou Corne - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Drilling to determine cause of sinkhole begins in Bayou Corne

ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

After this week's massive operation to get the equipment from Lafayette down to Assumption Parish, the drilling  is now underway for an observation well for the sinkhole in Bayou Corne. 

The mobile command center is where people from several state agencies have spent the last few weeks trying to figure out the cause of that massive sinkhole.

"I have researched it and the answer is no. This was a wild moment for me when first saw this thing, this sinkhole. I have never seen anything like this before," said John Boudreaux, director of Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.

A mystery that state and federal agencies hope this observation well will help to solve. The drill sits just behind Texas Brine's operations on highway 70. Experts will drill into Texas Brine's abandoned salt cavern to see if it failed and created this massive sinkhole a few weeks ago. Parish officials say this could be a long process.

"They estimate it's going to take 40 days just to enter the cavern. And then entering the cavern is just the beginning because then all the testing and science comes in after the cavern's entered," said Boudreaux.

Boudreaux says in the meantime, they will  keep an extra close eye on air quality and seismic activity to keep everyone in this area safe.

For frequent updates on the sinkhole in Bayou Corne, click here.

Copyright 2012 WAFB. All rights reserved.

 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Barbecue pit blamed for fire near Moss Bluff church

    Barbecue pit blamed for fire near Moss Bluff church

    Friday, January 19 2018 2:19 AM EST2018-01-19 07:19:01 GMT

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says a barbecue pit started a fire near the First Apostolic Church in Moss Bluff late Thursday, Jan.18. A KPLC viewer says an outbuilding near the church was engulfed in flames. CPSO says the church was not damaged. No word yet on what caused the barbecue pit to ignite. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says a barbecue pit started a fire near the First Apostolic Church in Moss Bluff late Thursday, Jan.18. A KPLC viewer says an outbuilding near the church was engulfed in flames. CPSO says the church was not damaged. No word yet on what caused the barbecue pit to ignite. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Lake Arthur Regatta Festival canceled after seven years

    Lake Arthur Regatta Festival canceled after seven years

    Thursday, January 18 2018 11:21 PM EST2018-01-19 04:21:28 GMT
    A well-known festival is calling it quits here in Southwest Louisiana.  Low attendance, financial problems, and a lack of volunteers forced an end to the Lake Arthur Regatta Festival after seven years.  During the summer it's the biggest event in Lake Arthur---The Regatta Festival.  But all of that has come to end after the Team LA Board of Directors posted a letter to the festival's Facebook page saying the festival has been discontinued.  "It's a shame b...More >>
    A well-known festival is calling it quits here in Southwest Louisiana.  Low attendance, financial problems, and a lack of volunteers forced an end to the Lake Arthur Regatta Festival after seven years.  During the summer it's the biggest event in Lake Arthur---The Regatta Festival.  But all of that has come to end after the Team LA Board of Directors posted a letter to the festival's Facebook page saying the festival has been discontinued.  "It's a shame b...More >>
  • Beauregard Waterworks District 2, East Allen Waterworks district, and Elton under precautionary boil advisory

    Beauregard Waterworks District 2, East Allen Waterworks district, and Elton under precautionary boil advisory

    Thursday, January 18 2018 11:05 PM EST2018-01-19 04:05:21 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Fields, Starks and Merryville are without water following a system failure in the Fields area, officials with Waterworks District 2 said. Once water is restored, a precautionary boil advisory will be in place. The advisory will be lifted once water samples have been tested by the Department of Health and Hospitals and found safe to drink. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Fields, Starks and Merryville are without water following a system failure in the Fields area, officials with Waterworks District 2 said. Once water is restored, a precautionary boil advisory will be in place. The advisory will be lifted once water samples have been tested by the Department of Health and Hospitals and found safe to drink. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly