Holes plugged in Assumption sinkhole's berm

BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) - Texas Brine Co. contractors have plugged the final two breaches in a containment berm around the Assumption Parish sinkhole after heavy rain and high water punched through the incomplete earthen barrier late last week.

With the holes plugged, Sonny Cranch, spokesman for Texas Brine, tells The Advocate workers resumed on Tuesday the previously planned work of building up the earthen levee surrounding the 71-acre area containing the sinkhole near the Bayou Corne community.

The failures on the western and southwestern sides of the levee led to initial fears that crude oil in the 15.1-acre sinkhole's waters might escape into surrounding freshwater swamp. About 150 households were evacuated Aug. 3 after the sinkhole was found.

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