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National Guard helping with security in evacuation areas

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Posted: May 16, 2011 2:44 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 16, 2011 2:44 PM
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Topics: butte larose, national guard, sheriff's office, deputies, security, flooding, evacuation, voluntary, camp, wbrz, louisiana

BUTTE LAROSE - National Guard members are helping to provide security in St. Martin Parish while people work to secure their belongings.

Guard members and sheriff's deputies are working together to prevent looting or vandalism in areas where voluntary evacuations have been ordered, and to keep them off levees in the parish.

Today Guard members were stopping people trying to cross the Pontoon Bridge into local campgrounds to make sure they lived or worked in the area.

The pontoon bridge in Butte Larose will remain open until further notice.

It was originally slated to be closed on Tuesday, however, it will remain open until St. Martin Parish officials determine it will be closed due to the rising water.

Many people were working to raise their campgrounds in order to keep them from being flooded out.

Mike Steele spoke several people about security in the parish during the flooding, and will have that story tonight on News 2.

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