Sunday, 30 September 2012 12:08

The incredible expanding Louisiana Bayou Corne sinkhole quakes for help

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sinkhole2The incredible expanding Louisiana Bayou Corne sinkhole is still expanding without any real scientific conclusions as to its cause although it is now almost two months since the sinkhole sunk.


Questions might be raised as to whether the existence of a crises for hundreds of people whose lives have been disrupted is even on the front burner of those involved including state government.  

There has not been much attention being drawn to a condition that could keep families from that area for an undetermined period whether it be weeks, months or years.   According to one news report, the real estate prices have plummeted and one homeowner wants out even being willing to accept an offer for his property at one-third of the pre-event value.

Trying to figure out the actual cause of the sinkhole and how to fix it is likewise bubbling with confusion.  Former residents are quaking with uncertainty.

Here are some of the latest and relevant reports on this crises from much-abandoned Bayou Corne sinkhole.

“Meanwhile, back at the sinkhole site, scientists have made another discovery that could keep residents out of their homes for an undetermined amount of time.

"They got down to 90 feet and experienced gas in the water aquifer and were unable to set water well due to the pressure. We put cement, plug, and got off the site and regrouped to come up with another strategy to set a vent well," John Boudreaux explained.

Boudreaux, director for the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, said workers must replace the rig they have been working from with one that will allow them to vent the gas from the well.

They still do not know where the gas is coming from. Boudreaux said residents will not be allowed to return home until the gas is under control.

If history repeats itself, that could mean sometime next year.

Landry and his wife, Pat, have been running their bed and breakfast since the mid-'90s and business had been booming after the popular History Channel reality series "Swamp People" began attracting tourists to the swamplands of Assumption Parish.

Thanks to the antics of alligator-wrestling Cajuns, almost 100 percent of their beds had been booked for alligator season, he said. But cancellations after the Aug. 3 evacuation order have caused him almost $6,000 in losses.

"I think all people would agree, their property values have been greatly diminished by all of this happening. I think the problem with the property values is going to linger for a long time," he said.

Wayne Blanchard, the assessor for Assumption Parish, said it will be years before they're able to discern the financial toll the sinkhole has taken on resident properties. Property assessors track housing values in the parish by monitoring sales, he said, and properties in a given area generally tend to be sold a few at a time.

"We didn't reassess this year because of the situation. It's anybody's guess right now. Assessors need proof of sales in an area to really be able to tell what values have done," he said.

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Work at the site of a giant sink hole in southeast Louisiana has once again come to a halt. This time the stoppage was caused by tremors in the area. This is not good news for residents near the sink hole

It could be months before Bayou Corne residents who were evacuated last month are allowed to return home.

The mini earthquakes that came ahead of the sink hole in Assumption Parish are back. 

“We are still waiting on results on the analysis of samples of the solid and liquid materials that have been taken from the cavern,” he said.

Cranch said tubing 4 inches in diameter was inserted into the well bore stretching from the wellhead to the roof of the cavern below.

The idea, he said, was to allow “a nice, smooth access” to the cavern for more diagnostic tests. He also said sonar tests are being run on the cavern to see what is inside.

“They are taking this most-recent reading and then literally overlaying this data with the sonar that was done prior to the closing of the well a year ago,” Cranch said. “That’ll give them a pretty accurate position of what it looks like on the inside.”

In addition, he said, Texas Brine workers are preparing to remove the snubbing unit that drilled the final 900 feet of the observation well.

Parish officials said they expect increased vehicular traffic during the weekend, but do not expect any road closures.

The question still remains whether all parties including state government are doing enough to help that community for a expanding and confounding sinkhole on their property.

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