Bayou Corne resident: 'Our lives are stuck on pause' | Events
"On Aug. 3, through no fault of our own, our plans and dreams came to a screeching halt," said Carla Allemon.
Allemon was one of four Bayou Corne residents pleading for help at the Press Club on Monday, July 15.The group was led by Retired General Russel Honore who is trying to help them get assistance.
"We left our homes on Aug. 3 and now the realization is we're never going home," she said. "The sadness is beyond words. Our lives are stuck on pause."
The residents were forced to evacuate last August after a giant sinkhole hole formed when a salt dome cavern owned by Texas Brine failed deep underground. Texas Brine has offered to buy out the homes, but residents say the offers fall short of their replacement value.
They also say that company officials have "disrespected" them.
"The bottom line is they (Texas Brine) could care less about anything but the bottom line," said Resident Gary Metrejean. "I have never once seen or heard these people come to the neighborhoods and talk to the residents and offer some kind of condolences. It's a total lack of respect. We need to hold these people accountable. They have come in the community and destroyed a community, not a street, but a community of 150 homes."
Texas Brine officials say they're making every effort to be fair with their buyout and so far 59 homeowners have accepted their offers.
Honore says the residents want the company to step up. They want Gov. Jindal to step up and they want the federal government's assistance.
Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz says the department is committed to helping to resolve the problem safely and as quickly as possible.
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