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Official claims sinkhole depth exceeds estimates

An aerial image of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole taken June 8th, 2013 An aerial image of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole taken June 8th, 2013

BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) - An official says the deepest part of the 22-acre sinkhole near Bayou Corne is at least 500 feet deep, and not between 110 to 220 feet deep that has been estimated by Texas Brine.

John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security, tells The Advocate previous depth reports released by Texas Brine Co. may have been inaccurate because the company's sonar did not penetrate debris fields inside the sinkhole.

The swampland hole emerged last August after a salt dome cavern failed deep underground. A company spokesman said Sunday he is confident the depth findings are correct.

Boudreaux said he took a 10-pound crowbar and attached it to a 500-foot surveyor's tape measure, and let the crowbar go, unspooling the tape measure until it could not go any further.

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