2013 January 26 Saturday
Bayou Corne, Louisiana
Five weeks after our last update of December 24 on the Bayou Corne sinkhole, we are finding that things actually look a bit worse. The water levels seems higher, and the work efforts appear to have subsided. Equipment has been removed, and the homes to the west and northwest of the sinkhole look seriously unpopulated. The recent seismic activity has people and the government concerned, and evacuees cannot expect to be able to return to their homes or communities any time soon.
The following Google Earth maps of our flight track show the background as it looked long before this sinkhole developed (the image is stamped with "©2013 Google" but the Google image was not taken in 2013!). The blue line is our flight track; each photo is a progressively tighter zoom in. The third photo of the sinkhole in this group will give you a quick idea of how much the immediate area has changed, and how large a sinkhole has developed where previously there was none. Many more photos plus a video are included below.
Concerned citizens have kept information flowing with Facebook and email, and many have posted regular aerial videos on youtube (see, e.g., this summary of videos between August 2012 and January 2013). Please see our December 24 and August 13 articles also for comparison with our prior photos and videos.
Here are more photos, including some of the Mississippi River and New Orleans enroute, followed by a video taken of the sinkhole. Thanks to Brayton Matthews of Flightline First at New Orleans' Lakefront Airport for taking the photos and videos for us!
Here is a video of the sinkhole this afternoon: