BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) - Authorities say state and parish agencies are testing to see whether newly discovered gas bubbles northeast of the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole are tied to the swampland hole. The Advocate reports the state Office of Conservation and contractor CB&I have taken samples of the gas bubbles... more »
BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) - Texas Brine Co. says it's repairing and raising a sunken section of levee along the southern side of a sinkhole in Ascension Parish, and will build another levee behind it. A 200-foot-long section of levee sank and cracked from micro-earthquakes dating back to late October.... more »
CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) - A sinkhole caused a section of a central Florida resort villa to partially collapse early Monday, while another section of the villa was sinking, authorities said. About 30 percent of the three-story structure collapsed around 3 a.m. Monday, Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar... more »
BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) - Neighbors in tiny Bayou Corne, La., face a wrenching decision after a huge sinkhole opened up near their community: Do they stay put, or should they pack up and move? The sinkhole resulted from a collapsed underground salt dome cavern about 40 miles south of... more »
"If we have a collapse there, it would be a hell of a catastrophe and it worries me, it has worried me for many years. Seeing it first hand, I know what could happen," said Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal.
He vividly remembers the Jefferson Island Salt Mine Collapse... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz will appoint the members of a "blue ribbon commission" by the end of this week to determine when Bayou Corne residents can safely return home. The sinkhole led to evacuation of about 150 homes in August. Patrick... more »
A sinkhole in Assumption Parish is raising concerns in Acadiana. Crews are digging wells near a four-acre sinkhole beneath Bayou Corne. The wells are being sued to vent and investigate natural gas trapped below the salt brining facility.
Louisiana Senator Fred Mills said in light of this incident, he... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Houston-based brine company has agreed to make a "significant contribution" to a fund for residents ordered to evacuate their homes after a sinkhole formed in Assumption Parish that may be connected to one of the company's salt caverns. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security... more »
In St. Landry Parish, a portion of Church Road in Leonville is once again shut down because of a sinkhole. Last week's wet weather washed out a portion of the road near Saint Leo the Great Catholic Church and Highway 103. Officials say the roadway will be shut down until... more »