Texas Brine to assist displaced residents from sinkhole

BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) - State and local officials held a press conference Saturday morning to update residents on the Bayou Corne sinkhole.

The governor's office of home security and emergency preparedness (GOHSEP) announced in a press release that the Texas Brine Company will assist displaced residents from the Bayou Corne Sinkhole.

The release issued by GOHSEP says the company will make a "significant contribution" to provide assistance for residents in areas that pose an immediate risk.

The company also announced plans to submit a permit application for the drilling of a new well to determine the cause and stability of the sinkhole. Louisiana State Police will help the company bring in between 30 and 50 18-wheelers full of drilling equipment. 

GOHSEP also announced that the Dept. of Environmental Quality and Dept. of Transportation and Development continue around-the-clock monitoring of the air, water and roadways near the sinkhole. Neither agency has reported any abnormal readings.

Daily flights over the sinkhole are also being carried out by State Police and the Louisiana National Guard.