Voluntary Evacuation Area Removed (Area 1)

Voluntary Evacuation Area Removed (Area 1)

January 6, 2016

The area to the east of Grand Bayou along Highway 70 that was once part of the Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuation Order from the Bayou Corne Sinkhole is now removed from any Evacuation Orders.

The area has been investigated and through the preponderance of evidence, the area has been deemed no longer  at risk due to the Sinkhole and gas associated with its creation. Please note that all areas to the west of Grand Bayou remain in the designated evacuations until these areas can be depleted and/or investigated to show that all risks have been eliminated from concerns due to the creation of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole and the failure of Oxy Geismer Cavern 3.

Below is a map to identify the area that is being removed from all previous Orders:


Evacuation Area (1-6-2016)

Below is a map of the areas still remaining in a Mandatory or Voluntary Evacuation in the Bayou Corne Community:


Red Outline: Mandatory Evacuation Area

Green Outline: Voluntary Evacuation Area

2:50 p.m. Additional Mandatory Evacuation Area Reduced to Voluntary Evacuation

Additional Mandatory Evacuation Area Reduced to Voluntary Evacuation

September 2, 2015

The area to the west of Grand Bayou along Highway 70 that was part of the Mandatory Evacuation Order from the Bayou Corne Sinkhole has been re-designated to a Voluntary Evacuation Area.  Attached is a Map of the area, which is from Grand Bayou (waterway) west to the Enlink Compressor Station Property as depicted on the map provided.

The area is believed to be depleted of any risk from gas present and continued investigations will confirm that the gas is depleted from this area before the evacuation order is removed from this area.

Attached is a map to identify the area that is now being added to the Voluntary Evacuation Area (this area will be designated as Area 2):

Voluntary Evacuation Area (Area 2)

Doc Link: Press Release

11:55 a.m. Seismic Activity Visible Around Sinkhole

An increase in Seismic Activity has been observed in past weeks around the Sinkhole.  Activity occurred sometime last night that indicates water movement as well as a drop in water level within the contained area of the sinkhole.  There has been no noticeable changes to the trees or surface anywhere around the Sinkhole.

LDOTD has reported no changes being observed in any of the instrumentation placed along Highway 70.

4:10 p.m. Sunshine Bridge and Road Closures

To determine if the Sunshine bridge will be open due to freezing temperatures call St. James Parish Sheriffs Office @ 225-562-2200 or State Police @ *577.

To determine if other state highways will be open contact State Police @ *577 or on the web at LSP.org under the road closures tab.