Assumption Parish officials said that Thursday’s flyover of the Louisiana sinkhole east of the Bayou Corne community has confirmed their estimate that the amount of land in Tuesday’s collapse brought the giant’s size to approximately that of six footballs fields, but Texas Brine is still disputing this.
Disturbing new flyover video
Tuesday, the monster sinkhole of Bayou Corne gobbled either 1,500 square feet of land or 30,000 square feet of land along the eastern rim of the funnel-shaped hole, depending on whether one speaks to corporate or government.
Before this week’s large increase in size, the sinkhole surface was estimated to be 5.5-acre on the surface, roughly the size of more than five football fields. Based on Assumption Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness director John Boudreaux, the surface is now closer to the size of six football fields.
Yesterday’s official sinkhole flyover video has further disturbed some people observing for the first time what appears to be a massive increase in size due to the most recent collapse.
In the video, the sinkhole can also be seen spilling into new parts of the nearby swampland.
(Watch the Assumption Parish official flyover video taken Nov. 1 here, viewed by only 456 people at the time of this writing. Note: Embedding and comments are disabled.)
Boudreaux is from South Louisiana. He served as Assistant Chief of Labadieville Volunteer Fire Department and member of South Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department. Boudreaux is accredited with International Certified Firefighter I and Instructor I through Louisiana State University, Division of Continuing Education. Boudreaux is a recipient of a LEPA Achievement Award, HAZMAT Alliance Award of Excellence, and Firefighter of the Year from each respective department. He also currently holds the position of treasurer for LEPA.
Boudreaux said his estimate is based on a pre-collapse, ground-based photograph of the site and Google Earth-based mapping software used for aerial photographs of the site before and after the Tuesday’s collapse that happened at 4:45 p.m., six days after sharp earthquakes.
With newly available aerial photographs taken Thursday, he verified those measurements to be roughly 300 feet along the eastern bank and 100 feet inland, within 10 feet for irregularly shaped collapse zone.
“Although not perfect, it’s pretty close,” said Boudreaux.
Texas Brine, the company blamed for the sinkhole due to its failing cavern in Napoleonville Salt Dome, gives a different figure of the sinkhole’s new size increase: 75 feet along the sinkhole rim by 20 feet inland.
“We feel we have been pretty accurate in the past, and, in the past, we have concurred with the parish’s assessment. We just disagree in this particular case,” Texas Brine spokesperson Sonny Cranch said.
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