BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) - Crews have been forced once again to cease work near the massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish due to more seismic activity in the area.
Officials with the US Geological Survey said they detected an increase in activity below the surface of the sinkhole and raised the alert status.
They added the activity is limited to the sinkhole area and that they are monitoring the situation.
Bubbles were spotted in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012. Two months later, the ground opened up and left a nine-acre sinkhole. Residents were evacuated and have been for the past seven months. Most affected residents began receiving weekly checks from Texas-Brine in the amount of $875 per week. The sinkhole is now around 14 acres in size.
On March 13, Texas-Brine, the Houston based company that owns the salt dome that caused the sinkhole, announced it would begin assessing the homes and offering buyouts and settlements for the 350 people evacuated.