Officials from the Texas Brine Company say they have now plugged the final two breaches in a containment berm that surrounds the Assumption Parish sinkhole affecting the Bayou Corne area.

Company contractors say they needed to do the work after heavy rain and high water made holes in the earthen barrier last week.

Texas Brine Company Spokesman Sonny Cranch says now that those holes were plugged, the work to shore up the earthen berm around the sinkhole area can continue.

The company, governmental officials and citizens have worried that the levee around the sinkhole might allow leakage of crude oil into the 15.1 acre sinkhole affecting the freshwater area.

Last August some 150 households were evacuated after the sinkhole appeared.