Bayou Corne residents struggle living life crammed in a trailer since sinkhole formed

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 9:00pm

Ronnie and Betty Thibodaux home in Bayou Corne filled with boxes of memories, and every day essentials packed waiting to be taken away with no place to go. They moved in to a camper trailer in Pierre Part on August 3, 2012 , because a massive sinkhole formed near their home.

"We love to go camping, but this is not camping," Betty Thibodaux said. "This is not living. "

They though it would only be a few weeks stuck in the 30 foot space. Now they don't know how long it will be before they can leave. The stress of life since the sinkhole has started to wear the Thibodaux's down.

"I don't know what kind of condition he's going to be in in another ten months. I need a house a home where we can be comfortable," Betty Thibodaux exclaimed.

Ronnie Thibodaux has a degenerative illness that attacks his muscles. He needs a cane to help him get around, but since he moved into the trailer he's had a much harder time moving. There is not enough space inside the trailer for him to use a walker, and the bed is extremely difficult for him to get out of. His wife Betty has to help him do simple task.

"I have to help him do everything like I was doing it for myself. It's like I am doing for two people dressing for two people, getting up for two people," Betty Thibodaux explained.

The Thibodaux's have a lawyer and are part of the class action lawsuit against Texas Brine, the company they say is responsible for causing the sinkhole. They have to wait until April 14,2014 for the suit to go to trial. Like many other residents until the suit is settled and they get bought out from Texas Brine they can't move on with their lives.

"It hurts knowing I have a home down the road that I can't live in. We spent all of our money to get what we got, and now we can't use it," Betty Thibodaux said. "It's horrible, because there is nothing we can do. We are just stuck here. We need help."

Betty has never talked one on one with Texas Brine, but she says she's nervous for when that day eventually comes.

"This has really hurt me turn my life upside down. I don't know how I would react if I met up with them," Thibodaux replied.

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