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2013 March 19, Tuesday
Bayou Corne, Louisiana

On Wings Of Care'
s fifth flyover of the Assumption Parish sinkhole near Bayou Corne, Louisiana left us hardly optimistic that the good people of those communities will be heading home anytime soon. Their community meeting this evening isn't likely to bring good news from Governor Jindal or Texas Brine, unless good news is that they can expect to have their homes and land purchased. The sinkhole has grown, and rainbow sheen covers much of it. Flares are burning, to vent gas from the area. What was at first amusing is now depressing -- the large open storage tank at the northeast corner of the sinkhole is painted with bold blue lettering that says "Responsible Care: Our Commitment to Sustainability."

Here are three videos taken today, as we circled the sinkhole a few times. More photos follow the videos.  We'll let these all speak for themselves. High-resolution versions of any of the photos are available for purposes that benefit the public, just contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

**** Many, many thanks to great photographer and friend Billy Dugger for joining us from Mississippi today for this flight!  And to our stalwart friend, volunteer, pilot, and photographer Brayton Matthews from Flightline First at New Orleans' Lakefront Airport for taking all of the videos and more photos. And finally, thanks to Joyce Riley and her Power Hour radio listeners for donating our fuel costs for this flight.