Sinkhole swallows tree and a whole lot more in Louisiana. The Bayou Corne sinkhole now spans 24 acres and is still growing at an alarming rate. According to United Press International on August 22, 2013, 350 residents have been forced to evacuate so far.
The sinkhole opened in August 2012 in Assumption Parish swampland and has been expanding since.
The sinkhole swallowed a tree as captured in the video above. Supposedly area homes are not in danger according to the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness. A containment berm has ben put into place. Seismic activity is being monitored in the sinkhole. The monitoring alert status is now at Code 3, the highest possible level.
The Bayou Corne sinkhole that swallowed a tree originally formed last year when a salt dome collapsed underground. It is estimated that the sinkhole is at least 750 feet deep. A state of emergency was declared in Assumption Parrish. Many of them are currently receiving $875 per week from Texas Brine Co., who build the salt dome which collapsed. Governor Bobby Jindal also declared a statewide emergency due to the presence of other instability, which could threaten more residents.
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