Bayou Corne residents still waiting for life to return to normal

BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) - Sunday marked day 75 since the leak was discovered in Bayou Corne with the slurry following soon afterwards.

A mandatory evacuation is still in effect while crews work to contain and clean up the area but for many residents, the only option is to remain put.

The quaint subdivision of Sportsman's Paradise on Bayou Corne is exactly that.

"It's just a beautiful place to live you know," explained resident Dennis Landry.

Landry developed this small community that is a sanctuary for those who live here.

"I mean look ahead at those cypress trees how pretty."

This paradise is now home to a small city of emergency response personnel constantly monitoring the giant slurry from above and using around the clock testing to monitor diesel sheen and multiple natural gas leaks.

"We would like everyone please give us patience," said director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness for Assumption County John Boudreaux. "It's going to be a long process but we commit that we continue to be here throughout the process until the investigation is over and the mitigation is complete."

"See right here to the left, there are the bubbles as they exist today."

Bubbles now coming from more than 10 locations on the bayou floor... more than enough proof that things are far from what they were before

"Everybody is still concerned just living with the unknown and living with the fear of possibilities of what could happen, " added Landry.

For Landry and his fellow residents at Bayou Corne, the main objective is to get life back to normal but a major concern is the monetary damage the gas leak caused to the place they call home.

"Certainly hoping that the responsible party will come through and in some way compensate people for their diminished value because let's face it right now people have homes on this street and if they want to sell they don't have much of a chance right now."

The Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness says it has been told by Texas Brine that the company expects to have a pad in place for a new rig to begin drilling within the next week and that once the rig is set it will be about 40 days to get the new gas line in place.

Until then the wait continues for the estimated 150 homes affected by the slurry.

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