The Assumption Parish sinkhole swallowed a substantial amount of cypress trees on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, pulling them down into the bubbly, muddy hole near Bayou Corne. Parish officials were at the site and were able to capture the rare event on video as reported by WAFB.
Parish officials were checking the site of the sinkhole on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, after another "burp" and related tremors caused all operations inside of it to cease.
Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness parish director, John Boudreaux noticed movement of the water and said that is when he turned on his camera. The video lasts about three minutes, but the trees can be seen slowly starting to lean and then devoured in less than a minute by the continually growing sinkhole.
The sinkhole first emerged from the swamps in August 2012, as the suspected result of a salt dome cavern failure deep underground that May.
Now approaching close to 25 acres at the surface with some areas hundreds of feet deep; the sinkhole is expected to continue to grow. The geologic process of this hole could take years, as the hole obtains a final shape and size according to scientist.
An additional tree going down into the sinkhole in the same area as Wednesday's slough in was caught on video this morning.
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