BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The Louisiana Department of Insurance is investigating reports that insurers are not renewing homeowner's policies of residents evacuated due to the large sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon told The Advocate that his office has not received a formal complaint but has been asked by the parish Police Jury to look into the matter.
In interviews with two evacuated residents and parish officials in the past two weeks, the newspaper reports some said insurers were not renewing or had threatened not to renew their policies because their homes had been left vacant for more than 30 days.
Residents also reported agents asked them to consider policies designed to cover vacant dwellings.
Activity Increases Near the Sinkhole in Assumption Parish
BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) – Assumption Parish officials say scientists have noticed a recent increase in seismic activity near the huge sinkhole at Bayou Corne, and worry that it might grow again.
Parish emergency preparedness director John Boudreaux said that the increase was first noticed about two weeks ago.
He says scientists noticed more than 80 such events on Friday, but activity dropped after the sinkhole “burped” crude oil, debris and hydrocarbon to the surface on Saturday morning.
Boudreaux says officials worry that something may be shifting in salt deposits just east of the failed Texas Brine cavern that scientists believe caused the sinkhole.
Company spokesman Sonny Cranch tells The Associated Press that company officials don't know of any seismic activity since Saturday.