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May 14, 2011 11:57 PM by Chris Welty

Butte LA Rose Evacuates

In other parts of Acadiana, most notably, lower Saint Martin Parish, many residents have already evacuated ahead of the impending floods, and those who haven't are certainly doing so now.

With the spillway open it is now a race against time for the residents of Butte La Rose.

"we are getting everything out of our camp" said Amber Albarado an evacuating camper.

Removing valuables and placing sand bags around their property to attempt to save anything that they can.

"We know that when we come out here and we build a nice camp or a nice home, we know that in 20, 30, 40 years we can expect to have a flood like this." said Dru Fisher who is also an evacuating camper.

Within the next 24 hours, the water in Butte La Rose is expected to start rising. The Army Corps of Engineers says within the next 30-36 hours, you can expect to see flooding in Butte La Rose.

"I think what's in store is going to be a historical event. I think people are going to be seeing some stuff they've never seen before." said Fisher.

Dru Fisher saw the flood waters in 1973, and he's urging residents and campers to evacuate now. "The land is not going anywhere, it will be here when the water comes down. They can cause more problems with difficulties of getting out."

As fisher and his friends pack up their camp, they decided to enjoy at least one more glorious afternoon in Butte La Rose.

"We come out here to really get away and enjoy ourselves. I think today is a temporary good bye, but we look forward to coming back and getting things in order."

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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