Sinkhole Forces Hard Choice On Longtime Neighbors

By Littice Bacon-Blood

In this Thursday, June 27, 2013 photo, contractors use a vacuum truck to clean up crude oil that has risen to the surface of an approximate 22-acre sinkhole in Bayou Corne, La. Neighbors in tiny Bayou Corne face a wrenching decision after a huge sinkhole opened up near their community: Do they stay put or should they pack up and move? The sinkhole resulted from a collapsed underground salt dome cavern about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge. After oil and natural gas came oozing up and acres of swampland liquefied into muck, the communityís 350 residents were advised to evacuate. Texas Brine Co., the operator of the salt dome, is negotiating buyouts of residents who have not joined lawsuits against the company. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) – The sob is deep and exhaled on a frustrated sigh.

“I cannot stand this!” The words burst from Annette Richie and ping off the bare walls of the empty living room as her neighbors of 20 years, Bucky and Joanie Mistretta, recall happier times along Bayou Corne.

“I know, I know,” Joanie Mistretta said, soothing her. “You come back now and it’s just sad.”

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