The great Assumption Parish sinkhole
My favorite Facebook page, I Fucking Love Science, Just mentioned this incomprehensible tragedy that’s occurred in Assumption Parish, LA, and linked to a weather channel article about it. But there’s some astounding video that they left out.
The official Assumption Parish YouTube channel shows us a “Slough in” from last Thursday (the 22nd):
By the end of the video the water level (of the WHOLE bayou) has dropped several feet – the previous water level is clearly visible on the trees; and if one video of disappearing trees wasn’t enough for you – they have more:
The parish YouTube channel also has flyover video, which shows the massive size of the area involved, and the growth thereof. First I’ll show you two videos taken on the first:
NOTE the road on the right at 0:02
Then two videos taken on the 13th:
And lastly the 22nd:
But that’s just scratching the surface of the matter. This is a depth measurement taken a month before those videos.
The probe just keeps going and going and GOING ever deeper – for five full minutes – at which point there’s no more line to measure with! I’m at a loss for words. A post on the Assumption, LA blog (archived here)notes that reel was 750 FEET long. That’s tremendously deeper than the data from a month earlier(archived here). Simply astounding.