BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) - Officials say a growing, 5.5-acre sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish swamps gobbled up another strip of land on Tuesday.
John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/SvFGDe ) trees fell in with the collapse, but no one was injured.
He said the collapsed area extended from a mat road that Texas Brine Co. of Houston has installed to clean trees, other vegetative matter and oil out the sinkhole to a point 80 feet north or the road.
The sinkhole is located between Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou south of La. Highway 70.
A failed underground brine cavern encased within a mountain of salt is believed to have caused the sinkhole, which appeared Aug. 3.
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The massive sinkhole in assumption parish has costs the state 2-million dollars to date. It's swallowed more than 5 acres of land since it appeared in August.
It has also contaminated an aquifer.
Testing and gas removal continued at the site today. The state blames Texas Brine for the disaster.
The company owns an abandoned brine cavern that could have failed, leading the land to collapse. It wants Texas brine to pay but there's no assurance that will happen.
Assumption Parish Sink Hole Grows Larger
A giant sink hole in Assumption parish has grown another 50 feet.
The Assumption Parish Police Jury reported an additional 50 feet of property on the southwest side of the site fell into the sinkhole during cleanup efforts.
Two cleanup workers in a boat, which was tied to a tree in that area, were rescued by airboat. Shortly after, their boat sunk into the sinkhole.
All workers have been accounted for and no injuries have been reported.
At the present time, clean up operations at the site have been suspended.