Assistance for Bayou Corne area residents to be available on Friday

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 6:00am

Residents affected by the August 4 evacuation order resulting from the discovery of a sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish will begin receiving financial assistance beginning Friday, August 17.

Texas Brine Company, LLC, of Houston, has chosen Worley Catastrophe Response to coordinate and manage a housing assistance fund for residents living around the Bayou Corne community in the area under a mandatory evacuation order issued by Assumption Parish officials. Worley will operate out of the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office substation in Pierre Part. A Worley employee will be on site once a week, or as needed, beginning Friday.

Beginning August, 17, the fund will be used to provide weekly housing assistance to those who live in the affected area. A check in the amount of $875 per week will be issued to a representative of each household in the affected area who submits a Louisiana driver's license or other reasonably acceptable photo identification confirming residence in the evacuation zone. Those residences are listed in documentation provided by parish officials.

Assistance checks will issued by a Worley representative at the sheriff's substation on a weekly basis. Texas Brine has instructed Worley to consult with representatives of any household whose residents believe that special circumstances might warrant additional assistance. Each of those requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Local, state and federal officials studying the sinkhole have not yet determined fault in the incident. Texas Brine has operations adjacent to the sinkhole, south of La. 70 South in Assumption Parish. The company is working closely with government officials to help determine the cause of the sinkhole.

Because of its proximity to the sinkhole, Texas Brine has taken the lead in providing aid to residents in the community neighboring their facility and hired Worley to administer the program, known as the Bayou Corne Incident Evacuee Fund.  

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