BAYOU CORNE — A helicopter ferrying Gov. Bobby Jindal landed in the Bayou Corne community shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Jindal got out and shook hands with a few residents before going into a private meeting with Assumption Parish leaders and officials with Texas Brine Co. LLC.
Jindal flew over the 10-acre sinkhole in the swamps between Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou that has forced the evacuation of residents for more than seven months prior to landing/
The visit to the Bayou Corne command post, 1481 La. 70 South, Belle Rose, followed an address earlier in the day to the South Central Industrial Association in Houma about his plan to eliminate income taxes.
Jindal plans to speak with the media after talking with residents, according to news release from the governor’s office.
Jindal has drawn fire in recent months for not taking a more up front role in the sinkhole response and for not visiting with affected families.
But in recent weeks, Jindal has defended his behind-the-scenes role in the response and met with parish and Texas Brine officials about the emergency response and proposed buyouts for residents who want them.
Scientists think a Texas Brine salt dome cavern failed and caused the sinkhole and other impacts.