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Sink hole swallows more land, workers rescued

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BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) -

Authorities said a giant sink hole in Louisiana has "eaten" another chunk of land and a boat, but fortunately, two workers were rescued before the boat sunk.

The Assumption Parish Police Jury reported a 50-foot section of property fell into the sink hole in the Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou area during cleanup operations Thursday morning.

The lost land was on the southwest side of the site.

Two workers in a boat were rescued by airboat shortly before their vessel became the latest casualty of the slurry. The boat had been tied to a tree, but it was taken by the sink hole anyway.

Officials said no injuries were reported.        

Cleanup operations at the site have been suspended.

"It's such a steep edge, on the edge of the sinkhole the soil can't support it and what happens is it sluffs at less of an angle," said John Boudreaux, Assumption OEP.

Crews are still assembling the rig that is being built near the sinkhole. The white tower you see in the pictures is the well rig derrick. Even though the cleanup process has been put on hold, the observation well and exploration process underground will continue as planned.

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Firm selected to handle aid to those affected by evacuation order

Residents affected by the August 4 evacuation order resulting from the discovery of a sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish will begin receiving financial assistance beginning Friday, August 17.

Texas Brine Company, LLC, of Houston, has chosen Worley Catastrophe Response to coordinate and manage a housing assistance fund for residents living around the Bayou Corne community in the area under a mandatory evacuation order issued by Assumption Parish officials. Worley will operate out of the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office substation in Pierre Part. A Worley employee will be on site once a week, or as needed, beginning Friday.

Beginning August, 17, the fund will be used to provide weekly housing assistance to those who live in the affected area. A check in the amount of $875 per week will be issued to a representative of each household in the affected area who submits a Louisiana driver's license or other reasonably acceptable photo identification confirming residence in the evacuation zone. Those residences are listed in documentation provided by parish officials.

Assistance checks will issued by a Worley representative at the sheriff's substation on a weekly basis. Texas Brine has instructed Worley to consult with representatives of any household whose residents believe that special circumstances might warrant additional assistance. Each of those requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Local, state and federal officials studying the sinkhole have not yet determined fault in the incident. Texas Brine has operations adjacent to the sinkhole, south of La. 70 South in Assumption Parish. The company is working closely with government officials to help determine the cause of the sinkhole.

Because of its proximity to the sinkhole, Texas Brine has taken the lead in providing aid to residents in the community neighboring their facility and hired Worley to administer the program, known as the Bayou Corne Incident Evacuee Fund.

About Texas Brine Company, LLC:

Texas Brine Company, LLC, is the largest independent brine producer in the United States, supplying over 30 percent of the brine requirements of the chlor-alkali industry. More information is available at http://www.texasbrine.com

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