Concern continues to grow among Assumption Parish residents. Wednesday, Texas Brine officials detected gas under two homes in the area surrounding that sinkhole in Bayou Corne. It's been nine months since the sinkhole started.
Nine months and 12 acres later, the sinkhole continues to stretch in the middle of Bayou Corne. Jennifer Gregoire is just one of the homeowners dealing with the nightmare.
"I'm worried about being here period," said Gregoire. "I don't want to live like this anymore. You figure, this is our home after nine months of leaving and having to leave."
Texas Brine verified gas has been found under two homes on Sauce Piquante Lane. Gregoire is now one of dozens with air monitors in their houses. She is also one of three who have holes drilled through their floors , testing for possible gases below the foundation.
"I'm sitting on the couch, clinching the dog—like ‘oh my god we're about to just go up in flames'," said Gregoire. "But then they turn around and, 'everything will be okay.' You ask a question, and it's not even the answer you were expecting. Swamp gas, really?"
Testing is still being done to determine what those gases are and what effect they may have.
Dennis Landry lives - and owns a business - on the other side of highway 70. But, unlike Gregoire, he wants to stay and is hopeful he can.
"It's certainly had a negative impact on my business," said Landry. "I've had to turn people down because the area is full of regulators. But, we're grateful for that."
Inspectors have been visiting homes around Bayou Corne, as the first step in determining values and beginning the buyout process. But the gas detection has kept work on hold for now, which adds to the fears for Gregoire.
"(I fear) Losing everything and having the company not care," said Gregoire. "They're now stopping the assessments. Why? For what point?"
A Texas Brine spokesperson says homeowners can expect offers 30 to 45 days after the completion of appraisals, which will come after the inspections are complete.
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