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Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort.More >>
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Three legislative committees gathered at the State Capitol to hear from
affected parties regarding the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Assumption Parish
Representative Karen St. Germain, whose district includes the sinkhole, read
four letters into the record from residents who have been displaced since
August of last year.
Assumption Parish officials, followed by Department of Natural Resources,
Environmental Quality, along with CB&I and Texas-Brine will testified
Senator Gerald Long, who chairs Natural Resources, says his committee will
initiate an investigation into the matter.
The main sinkhole has reached more than 800 feet in diameter and the western
wall continues to collapse.
Last week, officials reported about 5,000 square feet fell in on the
southwest side of the sinkhole, officials call this sloughing.
According to Texas-Brine, sloughing is considered a normal part of the
stabilization process; the sinkhole surface area will get bigger but the depth
will become shallower. In August 2012, the depth of the sinkhole was 490 feet.
In January 2013, the depth was just over 200 feet.
Bruce Mathews, Vice President of Operation for Texas-Brine testified that
the company will not start buying homes in the affected area because it's just
not the right time. "I know there are residents of Bayou Corne that want
to be bought out," says Mathews. "But I know there is a group that
does not want to be bought out because there's one's who want to stay and because
it's the right thing to do. We have to focus on response activities."
The words from Mathews were not what some residents wanted to hear.
Texas-Brine officials say they have spent $3.5 million on residents of Bayou
Corne so far. That is about $23,000 per family. "My house sits there
uninhabited for over four months, closed up with no air circulating," said
resident Jamie Wilber. "My interior has mold, cracks in the roof and sheet
rock. My home is destroyed and my children have no intention of going back.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon testified that residents who haven't had
their home owners' policies for at least 3 years could be in danger. "For
anybody less than 3 years, like any other homeowner in America, they can be
non-renewed," said Donelon.
The committee's have decided to reconvene Monday March, 18 to review the
progress. That's a few weeks before the session starts in April to consider
legislation relevant to the sinkhole.
As has been reported numerous times previously, natural gas bubbling
continues at isolated sites near the center and around the perimeter of the
Meanwhile, Texas-Brine continues work on a containment berm to surround the
Friday, May 24 2013 5:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:21:27 GMT
Just two days after a federal court approved a class-action lawsuit for people impacted by the giant Louisiana sinkhole, the company responsible for the salt cavern that caused the sinkhole says they'reMore >>
Just two days after a federal court approved a class-action lawsuit for people impacted by the giant Louisiana sinkhole, the company responsible for the salt cavern that caused the sinkhole says they're ready to begin making settlement offers to affected residents.More >>
Transportation officials said enhanced monitoring equipment has been installed near the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana to better detect any changes. The Louisiana Department of Transportation andMore >>
Transportation officials said enhanced monitoring equipment has been installed near the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana to better detect any changes.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:50 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:50:35 GMT
A federal judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit over the Bayou Corne sinkhole.The formal order defining the people who are part of the class has not been signed, but it is expected to includeMore >>
A federal judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit over the Bayou Corne sinkhole.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:27 AM EDT2013-05-22 10:27:18 GMT
A federal court has approved a class-action lawsuit for people impacted by the giant Louisiana sinkhole. It's been almost a year since a massive sinkhole near Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou began causingMore >>
A federal court has approved a class-action lawsuit for people impacted by the giant Louisiana sinkhole. A New Orleans attorney is handling the suit.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:23:29 GMT
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was in Bayou Corne Monday morning to hold a news conference on the current status of the giant sinkhole in Grand Bayou. Texas Brine owns the salt cavern that caused theMore >>
In a statement released after the news conference, Governor Jindal said, "It has become clear that Texas Brine is trying to run out the clock on the citizens of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou by hiding behind insurance companies, lawyers and lobbyists. That is unacceptable."More >>
Residents near sinkhole say hearing was a lot of talk and a lot less actionMore>>
The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. The sinkhole, or slurry, is consuming land and trees. Many images are from the Assumption Parish Police Jury. Click here to see the photos from August until now. More >>