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2013 April 02 Tuesday
Bayou Corne, Louisiana

Our sixth flyover of the Bayou Corne sinkhole since last August revealed a site much worse than we could have imagined last summer. Unlike previously, rainbow sheen now covers virtually the entire visible sinkhole. Many trees on the west side have now disappeared, as has quite a large corner of a dirt work pad at the southeast corner.

While the close-up photos are dramatic, the distant photos that include the community and surroundings are most compelling. In those we see a beautiful, neatly maintained neighborhood of homes in startlingly close proximity to peril.  All around are wetlands and forests of cypress, the uniquely beautiful signature of Louisiana. Who could blame people for settling here and staying for generations on generations? But what now?

The photos and videos speak for themselves.  Our own first-choice photos are above. Here is a video, followed by a larger gallery of photos.  Feel free to contact us (at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to use higher resolution copies of any of these for purposes that benefit the public -- especially any residents of the Bayou Corne community. Let us know if we can be of any more help to you, with flyovers or otherwise!

Many thanks to OWOC volunteer and photographer J. Brayton Matthews from Flightline First of Lakefront Airport in New Orleans for joining us today.  And to Joyce Riley and her Power Hour radio listeners for once again donating to cover our fuel costs for this flight!