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Feb 27, 2013 10:07 AM by AP

Work halted at Assumption Parish sinkhole

BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) - Response operations at the 8.6-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish have been halted after seismic monitors noted an increase in underground tremors.

John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says about five to six trees that had been leaning over for the past week along the northeast side of the sinkhole fell in Tuesday and that small bubbling spots also have re-emerged in the sinkhole.

The failure of a Texas Brine Co. LLC cavern is believed to be the cause of the sinkhole and other related developments, including gas becoming trapped underground in the vicinity of the sinkhole. About 350 residents remain under evacuation orders in the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities.

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