Sinkhole swallows trees: In the latest sinkhole news, a massive sinkhole opened up in a La. swampland and literally swallowed up whole trees. The Inquisitr reported on Aug. 21 that the Bayou Corne Sinkhole, a known sinkhole in Assumption parish that continues to expand, has forced an entire town to evacuate.
Discovered in August of last year, the sinkhole to date has swallowed 24 acres of land and forced 350 residents to evacuate their homes out of concerns for their safety.
Officials do not know how big this sinkhole is, or when it will reach its potential. Assumption Parish Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness John Boudreaux said, “The sinkhole continues to be active and grow.”
The amazing video taken by the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness catches the sinkhole in action.
The sinkhole is thought to be caused by a nearby petrochemical industry, whose attempt to create a salt cavern appears to have weakened the ground surface and opened up the giant sinkhole.
Earlier this month, a Fla. sinkhole near Walt Disney World took down a portion of a resort.