Committee discusses getting residents near sinkhole back home safely
Aerial image April 4, 2013 (Source: Assumption Parish OEP)
Aerial image April 4, 2013 (Source: Assumption Parish OEP)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
One of the first steps in finding out when it will be safe for people living near the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana to return home was taken Friday morning.
residents have been doing this for nine months. We're coming on nine months,
and the big significant part is, with no particular end in sight, said
Assumption Parish Police Jury president Marty Triche.
says the blue ribbon commission starting their research on the sinkhole is a
step in the right direction.
we have the right people on board now to give us the answers and give us the
recommendations that we need from a parish level to protect the safety of our
citizens," said Triche.
Bobby Jindal called for this team to be
created after he visited the sinkhole last month. The 13 experts, that come
from all over the world, will review the stability of the salt dome, the
activity under the sinkhole--- as well as natural gas problems. So far, their
research shows that part of the salt dome is still collapsing.
caught between that sense of urgency to get these folks back home, but these
answers and the science have to be right," said Patrick Courreges with the
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. "We can't be wrong. We can't say,
'close enough.' It's got to be...these are the marks that say safety,
resident and committee member J.C. Chamberlain believes it could take years for
the team to figure out just when things will
be safe again----years he says some people in his community may not
got, for instance, a neighbor that's 80 plus years old. And they're having to
start their lives all over again. They just didn't want to stay in an
environment that wasn't safe," said Chamberlain.
will get together in Bayou Corne, later this month or early may, to see the
sinkhole up-close and analyze data together before they come up with
recommendations to ensure the long term safety for the people in the community.
For information about the commission's research and/or meeting
times, email Blueribbon@la.gov.
There will be several conferences among the group before its three-day workshop in which the entire committee will meet to take a closer look at the sinkhole.
Tuesday, April 1 2014 7:05 AM EDT2014-04-01 11:05:22 GMT
The giant sinkhole in south Louisiana isn't getting any smaller, which is evident by more land being swallowed up recently. New video was posted to YouTube Monday by the Assumption Parish Police Jury.More >
New video posted to YouTube shows bubbling, and then a chunk of land on the sinkhole's eastern side sinks underwater.More >
Thursday, March 27 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-03-27 17:13:55 GMT
Officials said the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana swallowed more trees Wednesday afternoon. The Assumption Parish Police Jury said there was a burp and slough-in around 3:25 p.m. Officials said debrisMore >
Officials said the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana swallowed more trees Wednesday afternoon following a burp at the site.More >
Monday, March 17 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-03-17 17:08:03 GMT
The public will have a chance to hear what's going on at the giant sinkhole site in southeast Louisiana. Texas Brine said there will be an operational update meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the command trailerMore >
The public will have a chance to hear what's going on at the giant sinkhole site in southeast Louisiana.More >
Wednesday, March 12 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-03-12 19:38:37 GMT
There is new information being released about recent bubbling in a bayou near the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. Texas Brine, the company responsible for the sinkhole, reported scientists determined theMore >
Texas Brine, the company responsible for the sinkhole, reported scientists determined the new bubbling site is the result of swamp gas and is not related to the giant slough in nearby.More >
Tuesday, February 25 2014 8:00 AM EST2014-02-25 13:00:21 GMT
Officials said a new bubbling site has been discovered near the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, bubbles were spotted on Grand Bayou, which runs alongMore >
Officials said a new bubbling site has been discovered near the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. The bubbles were seen on Grand Bayou. More >
Tuesday, February 18 2014 12:21 PM EST2014-02-18 17:21:55 GMT
Officials will address concerns at the site of the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. Texas Brine will hold a public meeting in Assumption Parish next week. It is scheduled to take place at the TexasMore >
Officials will address concerns at the site of the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. Texas Brine will hold a public meeting in Assumption Parish Tuesday.More >
Tuesday, January 14 2014 6:51 AM EST2014-01-14 11:51:44 GMT
More information will be given Tuesday about current efforts to contain the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana. Texas Brine and Assumption Parish officials will hold an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. toMore >
More information will be given Tuesday about current efforts to contain the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana. The focus will be on those vent wells siphoning gas from beneath the ground.More >
Wednesday, January 8 2014 6:28 PM EST2014-01-08 23:28:12 GMT
The company that accepted responsibility for the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Bayou Corne claims an insurance company has put them in a hole.Texas Brine filed a complaint with the state insurance departmentMore >
The company that accepted responsibility for the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Bayou Corne claims an insurance company has put them in a hole.More >
Committee discusses getting residents near sinkhole back home safelyMore>>
The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. Click here to see the photos from August 2012 until now.More >
The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. The sinkhole, or slurry, is consuming land and trees. Many images are from the Assumption Parish Police Jury. Click here to see the photos from August until now. More >
They were born just two weeks apart. A 10-week-old baby and 8-week-old pit bull have a fascinating relationship. They absolutely adore each other! Louisiana native Brandi Hodges, 25, has posted photosMore >
A 10-week-old baby and 8-week-old Pitbull have a fascinating relationship. They absolutely adore each other!More >
Monday, July 28 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:59:54 GMT
Neighbors struggled to make sense of the shooting deaths of a family of five in which the father was known to many throughout their apartment complex as a friendly maintenance worker.More >
A maintenance worker with financial problems killed his wife and three children with a shotgun, then committed suicide, over the weekend in what state police called one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Maine...More >