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Sinkhole: Trees Swallowed In Louisiana

Images of trees and land being swallowed up in less than a minute by a giant sinkhole in Louisiana have been caught on video.

The dramatic footage shows tall trees slightly leaning at first, then quickly receding below the surface amid currents.

The footage was posted on the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness blog.

It was shot by a parish official.

The Assumption Parish sinkhole near Bayou Corne has been swallowing land since it appeared in August last year.

It had been in a dormant period before it picked up activity.

Officials say the 24-acre opening in the earth is growing.

"The sinkhole continues to be active and grow," OEP Director John Boudreaux said.

Boudreaux added that homes are not in danger, and they are updating people who live near the sinkhole often.