The Baton Rouge Advocate reported the sinkhole near Bayou Corne in Assumption Parish was discovered last year, growing to more than 24-acres wide since.
With recent "burps" and tremors coming from the area, stopping work on the sinkhole, John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, was on site Wednesday and managed to capture a stunning "slough in" of a group of cypress trees.
The trees before they were sloughed into the hole as the earth gave way beneath them. (Image via YouTube video screenshot)
The trees as they continue to go down. (Image via YouTube video screenshot)
It was only a few seconds before the trees were completely swallowed. (Image via YouTube video screenshot)
After the trees were under water. (Image via YouTube video screenshot)
“I was just standing there and I pointed out, ‘Hey, it looks like they’re moving. It looks like they’re moving,” Boudreaux told the Advocate.
The footage Boudreaux took shows the full-size trees sinking completely into the hole within just a few seconds
Check out the video:
WAFB-TV reported that the sinkhole is thought to be the result of a collapsed salt brining cavern operated by Texas Brine Company. Earlier this month, on the year anniversary of the sinkhole opening up, the state filed a lawsuit against the company and Occidental Chemical Company for the damage.
"By filing suit, we are staying committed to holding Texas Brine accountable for the damage they've caused to Bayou Corne and to Louisiana," Gov. Bobby Jindal said, according to WAFB. " We have already pushed for buyouts for affected residents and are undertaking a thorough review of all of Texas Brine's permits in our state. This suit is just the next step in making sure Texas Brine does the right thing and properly addresses the mess it's caused."
In this undated photo provided by the Louisiana State Police via The Advocate, shallow wells will be drilled in the vicinity of the sinkhole that emerged Aug. 3 in Assumption Parish swamplands in Bayou Corne, La.. The wells will be used to monitor the amount of natural gas being carried by an underground aquifer atop the Napoleonville Dome near Bayou Corne. (Photo: AP/Louisiana State Police via The Advocate)
Bubbles come to the surface where pipelines come across Bayou Corne near Pierre Part, La., Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Texas Brine Co. LLC facility, is seen at top left; a well pad for a plugged and abandoned salt cavern is at top right. (Photo: AP/The Baton Rouge Advocate, Bill Feig)
The latest activity at the sinkhole, which had been dormant for some time, has brought the alert status to Code 3, which WAFB explained in a separate report means seismic activity is at a point where more sloughing and movement could occur at the site.
WAFB reported that hundreds living near the site had to evacuate their homes last year due to safety concerns and have been receiving $875 per week from Texas Brine as compensation.
This video shows an aerial view of the affected area earlier this month: