Thursday, February 14, 2013 7:42

(Before It’s News)

The sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish continues to grow.

John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security, said roughly 5,000 square feet of land sloughed off into the sinkhole Tuesday morning, and that by the afternoon, the land-loss had grown to an estimated 7,500 square feet.

Boudreaux said he hadn’t measured the sinkhole, but it possibly could cover as many as 9 acres after the 75-foot-by-100-foot parcel of land crumbled and fell into the slurry hole on Tuesday.

The sinkhole was discovered south of La. 70 on Aug. 3, causing more than 150 residences in the area to be evacuated.

Scientists have said the sinkhole formed following the failure of an underground cavern in the Napoleonville Dome owned by Texas Brine Co. LLC. – Daily Comet.

Earlier today, there was a slough in at the sinkhole. An estimated 50 x 100 foot section sloughed in on the southwest side of the sinkhole. The slough in does not affect Hwy 70 as the event occurred on the opposite side of the sinkhole. –Assumption Parish Police Jury.

The 8.6-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish got a little larger on Tuesday.

Parish officials reported another slough in the sinkhole Tuesday morning, estimating that the sinkhole swallowed a 5,000-square-foot section on its southwest side.

Officials estimated that the section was approximately 50 feet by 100 feet in size, adding that it will not affect traffic on La. 70 because the slough occurred on the opposite side of the sinkhole from the highway. – The Advocate.

Will Pettitt, General Manager of Itasca, a worldwide firm specializing in rock mechanics declares, in the following video of a public briefing, that fractures are now evident in the disturbed zoned at the surface around the sinkhole.

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