The Bayou Corne sinkhole formed 3 years ago

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)- The massive sinkhole in Bayou Corne is still there and getting bigger three years later.

John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of  Emergency Preparedness, said the sinkhole swallows land at a much slower rate these days, and it now sits at about 32.5 acres in size.

The community of Bayou Corne is now mostly a ghost town.

Many people took settlement offers for their homes and moved out. Now around a dozen properties are still owned by members of the community.

Bayou Corne was a quiet community where neighbors knew each other’s names. Their peaceful piece of paradise on the bayou was changed forever when the sinkhole formed three years ago.

Victoria Greene, a  documentary filmmaker, whose project “Forgotten Bayou” tells the story of the people in Bayou Corne said, “The loss of this community is not just significant to southern Louisiana. It’s significant to the entire state even the country because you are losing culture. You’re losing a small community, and all these small communities make up the backbone of America.”

There is a community event being held for those affected by the sinkhole on Tuesday, August 18 in Assumption Parish. For more information on the event click here.

 

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