BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) - More than a year later, it is still hard to fathom the scope of the disaster that has befallen a small community in Assumption Parish. August 3 marked the one year anniversary of the Bayou Corne sinkhole, which continues to grow.
Scientists suspect the sinkhole, which takes up an area of more than 24 acres, was caused by the collapse of a salt dome that was mined by the Texas Brine company. When it collapsed, the salt dome brought the surrounding land down with it, swallowing cypress trees whole.
The entire Bayou Corne community was forced to evacuate, and many of those people have realized that they will never return to the area they once called home. While there's no way to put a price on what these families have lost in terms of property and memories, the sinkhole has also cost the state more than $12 million.
The state is now suing Texas Brine, and we can only hope the company will do all it can to right this wrong. Perhaps, the case will finally bring some much needed national media attention to the disaster in Bayou Corne.
In the meantime, we would like the former residents of Bayou Corne to know that we support you, and our thoughts and prayers are still with you.