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Few people left in Butte LaRose after mandatory evacuation

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Posted: May 24, 2011 5:29 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: May 24, 2011 6:28 PM
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Topics: Butte LaRose, flood, mandatory, evacuation, sheriff, St. Martin Parish, deputies

BUTTE LaROSE, La.- About 10 families are left in Butte LaRose after people were forced out of their homes at noon today.

The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office issued the evacuation because of high water. It was originally scheduled for Saturday, then pushed back because the water didn't rise as quickly as expected.

Randy Moncrief signed a waiver to stay, so he could keep an eye on his neighbor's homes.

"The worst thing about leaving is the not knowing. I got all their phone numbers. Some of them gave me cameras, some have given me shotgun shells, a lot of people have brought me ice," Moncrief said.

The waters expected to rise to about 24.5 feet, about five feet lower than the original prediction.

"From the time that it started to now we have been tremendously blessed by the water going down," St. Martin Parish Sheriff Ronald Theriot said.

Parish leaders say it could be several weeks before the water goes down and people are allowed to return to their homes.

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