Title: Parish, Texas Brine continue size dispute
Source: The Advocate
Author: David J. Mitchell
Date: November 02, 2012
Assumption Parish officials said a helicopter flight over a sinkhole east of the Bayou Corne community confirmed on Thursday their estimate of how much territory the slurry-filled hole swallowed Tuesday. [...]
John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said he produced his estimate with a pre-collapse, ground-based photograph of the site and Google Earth-based mapping software that used aerial photographs of the site before and after the collapse, which occurred at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.
He said with the newly available aerial photographs taken Thursday, he was able to verify those measurements — roughly an area 300 feet along the eastern bank and 100 feet inland [an American football field is 300 feet by 160 feet]— are accurate within 10 feet for the irregularly shaped collapse zone.
The widest part extends about 110 feet inland. The narrowest is about 88 feet, for example. [...]
Texas Brine officials noted in public statements that the floor [of the collapsed salt cavern] rose another 10 feet recently. [...]
Published: November 2nd, 2012 at 3:02 am ET