Within seconds, a dozen trees near the Assumption Parish sinkhole disappeared under the water. The sinkhole has been growing ever since an underground Texas-Brine salt dome collapsed earlier in August.
With almost Biblical precision, the earth opened up and swallowed a clump of tall trees in Louisiana on Wednesday evening.
In just a few minutes, more than a dozen doomed trees vanished underneath the swirling dark currents of the Assumption Parish sinkhole.
In a Youtube video of the incident, the water looks placid at first. The trees lean in slowly, inch by inch. Then, the waters begin to churn and the trees sink underneath, lost forever to the sunlight.
“Oh, that’s a big one!” a man can be heard saying on the video.
But it wasn’t the biggest. On August 18, around 25 trees were pulled under the water, WAFB reports.
Assumption Parish official John Boudreaux was on site to film the event after reports of a “burp” earlier in the day, when small pockets of gas and debris bubbled up from the water.
“I was just standing there and I pointed out, ‘Hey, it looks like they’re moving. It looks like they’re moving,” he told The Advocate.
The collapses, called “slough ins” are evidence that the 24-acre sinkhole is still growing. The hole is still seeking a final shape and size, scientists say. In some places, it is hundreds of feet deep.
It emerged from the swamp near Bayou Corne early in August, after the Texas Brine company’s salt dome collapsed deep underground. Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell hold the company responsible for the collapse and plan to sue for environmental damages.
Hundreds of area residents were forced to evacuate their homes and many are receiving weekly checks from Texas-Brine, amounting to $875 per week.
Man has done so much to the earth while raping it for oil, gas and other resources. Fracking can’t be good for the earth, either. It is no wonder we are seeing these horrors now. Still, it is so sad.