Louisiana Sinkhole Forces Evacuation Of 350 Residents

    July 8, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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A sinkhole that has reached 22 acres in size is forcing the evacuation of 350 people in Louisiana after an underground salt dome cavern collapsed.

The original hole opened up last August, and now several families are having to give up their homes as oil and natural gas comes to the surface, making the area unsafe. Texas Brine Co., the company that operates the salt dome, is offering to buy many of the homes to make the transition easier for those who have to leave, but only 44 out of 92 families have accepted. Many residents feel unsafe and are taking the buyout offers simply because they have no choice.

“We just feel that this place is not ever going to be what it once was,” resident Bucky Mistretta told ABC News. “It was just a beautiful, pristine place on the bayou. And now that’s gone, and we just don’t feel safe about what’s underneath us.”

But several families are now involved in a class-action lawsuit that will go to trial next year and could cost Texas Brine Co. millions of dollars. They were fined last year by the state for failing to contain the sinkhole and for taking so long to install air monitoring devices in the homes around the sinkhole.

It’s been a wild year for sinkholes all across the South; Florida, especially, has been hard hit and many occurrences have caused fatalities. In March, a man was in his bedroom when the entire room collapsed in a massive sinkhole; his brother tried to save him, but he was too late. Elsewhere in Florida, a swimming pool was swallowed up when a hole opened in a residential neighborhood, and a Toledo woman recently found herself twenty feet below the surface of the road when a sinkhole swallowed her car. The woman was unharmed.

  • john

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    • HoneyPot

      Seriously, conspiracy realist here !! Our government in action, do not fool yourselves

  • john

    That effingjeff is something! but really how do you stop and clean up something like this?This was an old abandoned salt dome that collasped and caused a leak of water, natural gas,and swamp gas.Those poor people who have to live with what has gone on Knowing that a brine drilling company caused it.These poor people are going to have to move out of a once beautiful area to live,just walk away from their family home after they paid their mortgages and sank their life savings into their most valued possession.IT IS A DARN SHAME AND I HOPE EACH VICTIM GETS THEIR DUE.YOU CANNOT JUST KEEP ON RAPING THE EARTH,IT IS A LIVING THING AND THESE SO-CALLED ACCIDENTS JUST KEEP HAPPENING.THE EARTH NEEDS TIME TO HEAL ITSELF BEFORE THE NEXT RAPING OF THE LAND.PEOPLE THINK I AM CRAZY SAYING THE EARTH IS A LIVING THING,BUT THE FACT IS 5 HUNDRED BILLION PEOPLE LIFE ON HER AND TAKE SUSTENANCE FROM HER.WE CUT DOWN HER TREES TO BUILD HOMES,WE SANK QUARRIES OF STONE FOR THE SAME PURPOSE AND WE TAKE ALL KINDS OF METALS FROM HER.SHE IS ALIVE TO ME,AND I BELIEVE SHE SHOULD BE TREATED BETTER!

    • bruce butkis

      Okay I agree with you about the earth being a living thing and how we need to be better care takers of her. However I am not sure where you are getting your ‘facts’ from, but my suggestion to you would be to find yourself a new one. Because the FACT is there ARE NOT 5 HUNDRED BILLION PEOPLE ON THE PLANET! At least not the Earth I know and live on. As of November 1,2013 the planets population is estimated to be somewhere near 7.1 Billion. Thats a good 592 BILLION shy of what you claim to be a ‘fact’ give or take a few million. None the less, a far cry from reality.
      If you are going to go off like a raving lunatic at least be a factually accurate one.