Mandatory evacuation ordered in St. Martin Parish

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Posted: May 18, 2011 11:38 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 18, 2011 2:39 PM
Source: St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office

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Topics: butte larose, st. martin parish, evacuation, mandatory, river watch, flood, wbrz, louisiana, happy town, sherburne

BUTTE LAROSE - Authorities in St. Martin Parish have ordered a mandatory evacuation of three towns that could be see floodwaters after this weekend.

The sheriff's office ordered a mandatory evacuation this Saturday for Butte LaRose, Happy Town and the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area, which includes Highway 3177, Herman Dupuis Road and LA 975.

Major Ginny Higgins said deputies would secure the area at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, so residents would need to be out by then.

Higgins said a shelter would open Saturday morning at the Breaux Bridge High School gym for people who need a place to stay. People staying at the shelter are asked to bring proof of residency, any medical records or important papers, a portable ice chest and a five- to seven-day supply of the following:

  • Blankets, pillows, sleeping gear, towels and washcloths
  • Non-perishable food
  • Any and all special dietary needs
  • Baby food, formula, diapers, and wipes
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Any medication that will be needed, both prescription and non-prescription
  • Clothing
  • Comfort Items
  • Water
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Disinfectant

People with young children should also bring things to occupy them such as toys and books. Pet owners can also call the parish help line at (337) 394-2810 or (337) 394-2811 to find out how they can be accommodated.

More information can be found at the St. Martin Parish OHSEP website.

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