by Moody Adams On May 31 of this year, parish residents began to notice bubbles percolating up from both Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou. The sinkhole was swallowing trees up to 100 feet tall in its wake.
Families are having to evacuate the homes in the area.
Scientists believe it is caused by a large salt cavern that has caved in undermining ground above it.
Some fear that a further collapse could greatly enlarge the sinkhole and endanger a much wider area.
The main concern was that the sinkhole was close to an underground storage facility containing 63 million gallons of liquid butane, a highly volatile liquid that turns into a flammable gas when released into the atmosphere. If the butane was allowed to escape, there could be horrible consequences.
The worse fear is that natural gas is migrating from other salt domes and could result in a massive explosion.