Sinking trees (Video)

The Assumption Parish sinkhole swallowed a sizeable clump of tall cypress in less than a minute on Aug. 21, 2013, pulling them down in a frothy swirl that roiled the usually placid surface of the year-old, 24-acre opening in the earth near Bayou Corne.

In this dramatic video taken by a parish official, the trees can be seen at first just slightly leaning but, as branches crack, the pace of falling quickens and the trees rapidly recede below the surface amid surging currents.