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Emergency managers revise sinkhole depth estimate

Published: Jul. 23, 2013 at 10:12 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2013 at 11:14 PM CDT
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Bayou Corne, La. - Emergency managers in Assumption Parish say a sinkhole near Bayou Corne is deeper than they thought.

They dropped a weight in the sinkhole and discovered it fell the entire length of the weight's cord, which was 750 feet.

Similar tests before that involved a cord that was only 500 feet long.

Emergency managers have not said yet whether they plan to perform the test again with a cord that's longer than 750 feet.

The sinkhole formed last year over a salt cavern owned by Texas Brine Co.

The company is in the process of negotiating buyouts with property owners in the area.

To see video of the depth test, click here.