Tuesday, February 26 2013 4:42 PM EST2013-02-26 21:42:46 GMT
Officials say they have put a hold on all work directly connected to the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Assumption Parish due to increased seismic activity.The seismic monitoring in the past 24 hours turnedMore >>
Officials say they have put a hold on all work directly connected to the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Assumption Parish due to increased seismic activity.More >>
Monday, February 18 2013 10:13 PM EST2013-02-19 03:13:37 GMT
Drilling has been completed on a well that will be used to monitor seismic activity near the Bayou Corne sinkhole.The drilling rig was removed from the site over the weekend, allowing crews to installMore >>
Drilling has been completed on a well that will be used to monitor seismic activity near the Bayou Corne sinkhole.More >>
BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) -
Victims of the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana have grabbed the attention nationally known environmental activist Erin Brockovich.
Los Angeles attorney Thomas Girardi said he will be visiting the sinkhole site in Bayou Corne with Brockovich. He confirmed he is currently representing 18 Assumption Parish residents, but a community spokesman expects more people to meet with the team Saturday.
Residents are invited to the American Legion Hall in Pierre Part from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to meet privately with Brockovich and Girardi.
Girardi added he is bringing an expert from Los Angeles to test soil at the site.
The main sinkhole has reached more than 800 feet in diameter and the western wall continues to collapse.
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.
About 150 homes have been under an evacuation order since Aug. 3, 2012; about two months after mysterious bubbles were discovered in the nearby Bayou Corne.
Bruce Martin, Vice President of Operation for Texas-Brine testified
at a legislative hearing on February 19, 2013 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 Martin 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.
Tuesday, November 26 2013 5:32 PM EST2013-11-26 22:32:12 GMT
Bayou Corne residents are taking their concerns over the sinkhole disaster straight to Louisiana officials. They joined retired Army Lt. General Russel Honore and Assumption Parish leaders for a hearingMore >>
Bayou Corne residents, retired Army Lt. General Russel Honore and others went before the Department of Natural Resources to weigh-in on proposed regulations on salt domes.More >>
Tuesday, November 12 2013 6:55 AM EST2013-11-12 11:55:18 GMT
Concerned homeowners in Assumption Parish will have a chance to talk about new observation relief wells being installed at the sinkhole.The meeting is scheduled for 5:30pm Tuesday night at the CommandMore >>
Concerned homeowners will get a chance Tuesday to learn more information about the new relief wells being installed near the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana.More >>
Friday, November 8 2013 12:59 PM EST2013-11-08 17:59:14 GMT
Crews have been given the green light to continue work on the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana. There was a flyover of Bayou Corne on Thursday to obtain new pictures of the sinkhole from the air.More >>
Crews have been given the green light to continue work on the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana after a crack on one of the berms put a halt to things. More >>
Monday, October 28 2013 12:30 PM EDT2013-10-28 16:30:16 GMT
There has been more activity at the site of the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana, including the development of a crack on one of the berms. According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, the crackMore >>
There has been more activity at the site of the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana, including the development of a crack on one of the berms.More >>
The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. Click here to see the photos from August 2012 until now.More >>
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 >>
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