Residents Near Sinkhole in Assumption Parish Fear Homeowners Insurance May Be Cancelled
Nearly 150 homeowners that left their homes due to the massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish may now face a new problem.
Many of the residents have been away from their homes since August due to the sinkhole, and now some homeowners are telling The Advocate that their insurance companies have threatened to pull the plug on their policies. The homeowners have said that the insurance company's reasoning was that since no one has been in the home for more than 30 days, they should seek out a policy for a vacant dwelling.
Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the Police Jury requested an investigation to determine whether or not homeowners might be denied insurance. While no formal complaints have been made to his office, Donelon says he has heard about some of the stories about victims of the sinkhole getting cancelled by their companies.
Here is aerial footage as of January 17th, 2013 of the Assumption Parish sinkhole.