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Butte LaRose gets extra time before possible evacuation

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Posted: May 21, 2011 3:39 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: May 21, 2011 3:39 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Evacuation, River, Floods, Happy Town, Sherburne, Butte LaRose, St. Martin Parish

BUTTE LAROSE- The St. Martin Sheriff's Office lifted a mandatory evacuation until Monday to let residents shore up homes and make last minute preps. The evacuation, though, is still in place for rural areas in the parish including Sherburne and Happy Town.

The extra time gives some folks a chance to reinforce their flood preps and make new ones following a lowered prediction of water levels.

"Since they lowered the river stage to 24 and half, I feel I have a better shot of protecting my property than when it was 27 or 29," said Sid Broussard, who was loading sandbags into his truck.

Not everyone is taking the possible evacuation in stride.

"I think everybody has taken more than enough measures to be safe, everybody who, anybody who has anything to lose has left, people who have more to lose obviously have the right to stay and protect their property or at least watch it," said Van Clement, who plans to stay in Butte LaRose even if the evacuation is reinstated.

The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office will determine on Monday if they will reinstate the evacuation for Butte LaRose.

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