Business sinking in Bayou Corne

BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) - Emergency leaders in Assumption Parish said they saw improvements at the sinkhole site Friday afternoon.

Meantime, a business owner said his business is sinking right along with the slurry.

Dennis Landry took advantage of the gorgeous weather by sprucing up his camp grounds. It is a different pace than the owner of Cajun Cabins and Sportsmans Landing is used to. He said business came to a trickle just after May 30, 2012.

"My wife and I took a simple ride down beautiful Bayou Corne and we noticed some unusual bubbling. On August 3rd sinkhole occurred. The rest is history now," Landry said.

When he discovered the bubbling, Landry, never thought it would develop into a massive sinkhole.  Instead of hosting groups of hunters and fishermen, state and parish workers have claimed the spots on the property.

With the exception of one or two boats hauling workers to and from the sinkhole, the waters of Bayou Corne are still. The dock is empty.

"It's got my business pretty much flipped upside down. My boat landing is pretty much killed us all the way," Landry said.

Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness Director John Boudreaux flew over the slurry late Friday morning. The massive hole is much cleaner now. The crude-soaked vegetation has been removed and workers were busy taking notes.

"The logging is detecting interfaces of what's in the stem as well as what's in the cavern to see what's the changes between hydrocarbons to fresh water to salt water," Boudreaux explained.

Boudreaux says it is clear Texas Brine is making progress. But the length of time it will take for them to report a cause and a solution remains to be seen.

"I tell you, that's the $50 million question right now," Landry said.

Landry hopes the answer will come sooner than later.

"It's just a very unique beautiful bayou paradise that just can't be replaced. There's no other place like it," Landry said.

A community meeting with be held on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church.

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