More than three decades ago, an unusual disaster occurred near Jefferson Island. On November 20th 1980, an oil company drilling beneath Lake Peigneur struck an underwater salt dome causing a sinkhole that sucked in several homes, the drilling platform, 11 barges, and a portion of the Jefferson Island Salt Mine.
The entire lake drained into the salt mine causing the flow of the Delcambre Canal to reverse to refill the lake.
Luckily during the disaster all workers on the drilling platform and those in the salt mine were able to escape as well as a local fisherman boating nearby, and no injuries were reported.
Years later residents are still concerned with the bubble that they see from time to time, fearing that another sinkhole could form at the bottom of the lake. Thursday, News 10's Caroline Balchunas visited the lake where authorities were investigating lines of bubbles that resurfaced.