Committee discusses getting residents near sinkhole back home sa - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Committee discusses getting residents near sinkhole back home safely

Aerial image April 4, 2013 (Source: Assumption Parish OEP) Aerial image April 4, 2013 (Source: Assumption Parish OEP)
Aerial image April 4, 2013 (Source: Assumption Parish OEP) Aerial image April 4, 2013 (Source: Assumption Parish OEP)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

One of the first steps in finding out when it will be safe for people living near the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana to return home was taken Friday morning.

"These residents have been doing this for nine months. We're coming on nine months, and the big significant part is, with no particular end in sight, said Assumption Parish Police Jury president Marty Triche.

But Triche says the blue ribbon commission starting their research on the sinkhole is a step in the right direction. 

"We think we have the right people on board now to give us the answers and give us the recommendations that we need from a parish level to protect the safety of our citizens," said Triche. 

Gov.. Bobby  Jindal called for this team to be created after he visited the sinkhole last month. The 13 experts, that come from all over the world, will review the stability of the salt dome, the activity under the sinkhole--- as well as natural gas problems. So far, their research shows that part of the salt dome is still collapsing.

"We're caught between that sense of urgency to get these folks back home, but these answers and the science have to be right," said Patrick Courreges with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. "We can't be wrong. We can't say, 'close enough.' It's got to be...these are the marks that say safety, unquestionably."

Bayou Corne resident and committee member J.C. Chamberlain believes it could take years for the team to figure out just when things will  be safe again----years he says some people in his community may not have.

"I've got, for instance, a neighbor that's 80 plus years old. And they're having to start their lives all over again. They just didn't want to stay in an environment that wasn't safe," said Chamberlain.

The team will get together in Bayou Corne, later this month or early may, to see the sinkhole up-close and analyze data together before they come up with recommendations to ensure the long term safety for the people in the community.

For information about the commission's research and/or meeting times, email Blueribbon@la.gov.          

There will be several conferences among the group before its three-day workshop in which the entire committee will meet to take a closer look at the sinkhole.

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Committee discusses getting residents near sinkhole back home safelyMore>>

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Deputies discuss safe boating when towing tubes, skiers or others

    Deputies discuss safe boating when towing tubes, skiers or others

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 8:23 PM EDT2017-08-23 00:23:18 GMT

    The investigation continues into the death of a child, who died while tubing. When the driver of the boat turned, the tube hit the bank flinging three boys off. Boating safety efforts can prevent many accidents.  There are things to keep in mind if towing a tube, a skier, or other recreational equipment Though fun on the water is a huge part of Southwest Louisiana culture, it can turn tragic, if boaters towing someone don't know about something called the “slingshot e...

    More >>

    The investigation continues into the death of a child, who died while tubing. When the driver of the boat turned, the tube hit the bank flinging three boys off. Boating safety efforts can prevent many accidents.  There are things to keep in mind if towing a tube, a skier, or other recreational equipment Though fun on the water is a huge part of Southwest Louisiana culture, it can turn tragic, if boaters towing someone don't know about something called the “slingshot e...

    More >>
  • Lake Charles man reunited with stolen vehicle just hours after being taken

    Lake Charles man reunited with stolen vehicle just hours after being taken

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 8:06 PM EDT2017-08-23 00:06:59 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    Monday morning didn't get off to a good start for Zack Saucier. "First thing, I noticed that my truck wasn't in the spot that it's normally located," he said. "Then all of the sudden I looked over to my wife's vehicle and her two sisters and realized that they had been broken into." Saucier's Dodge Ram pickup truck was stolen overnight and the others were rummaged through, only a purse was taken from his wife's vehicle.  "I had all of sudden a huge sin...

    More >>

    Monday morning didn't get off to a good start for Zack Saucier. "First thing, I noticed that my truck wasn't in the spot that it's normally located," he said. "Then all of the sudden I looked over to my wife's vehicle and her two sisters and realized that they had been broken into." Saucier's Dodge Ram pickup truck was stolen overnight and the others were rummaged through, only a purse was taken from his wife's vehicle.  "I had all of sudden a huge sin...

    More >>
  • TAKE THE QUIZ: How safe are you on the water?

    TAKE THE QUIZ: How safe are you on the water?

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 7:46 PM EDT2017-08-22 23:46:40 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    How safe are you on the water? Take the quiz HERE to find out. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    How safe are you on the water? Take the quiz HERE to find out. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly