Posted: May 23, 2011 6:09 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI
Updated: May 23, 2011 6:12 PM
St. Martin Parish Officials have twice changed their minds about the time-frame when it comes to mandatory evacuations.
The order was lifted Friday for Butte Larose, but the evacuation goes back into effect tomorrow at noon.
Meanwhile Happy Town and Sherburne Wildlife Management Area remain under evacuation orders.
The streets are lined with DO NOT CROSS bariers from the St. Martin sheriff's office, we see a lot of those, but not a lot of people: It's a ghost town in Butte La Rose.
Guy Comier, St. Martin Parish President tells KATC: "You know 95 percent of the people here have already moved out completely and here we are the monday before the crest."
The rattling sound of evacuees in trucks with trailers is gone now-- there's a calm in this waterside community. We drove past house after house and found only one person.
Doug Luquette is making one last visit to his weekend place before the evacuation goes back into effect tuesday. He pulled up carpets, made a fortress of sandbags-- his thoughts on the evacuation order:
"The water is coming up slowly, there will be water on the road and I think thats why they're doing it."
The Sheriff Office confirms that is a major reason for the evacuation.
Major Ginny Higgins: "We lifted it for a time, but this week, there will be water on the road and thats going to be hazardous for people to drive in."
The high water will reach 24-5 instead of the initial 27 to 29 estimate...that's what forecasters are saying.
And for those who will stay through the mandatory evacuation the rule is, you can stay put, but there's no revolving door. If you think you need groceries or provisions, you can't go out and get back in. That's according to the sheriff's office.
Our coverage from Butte LaRose will continue here on KATC.com and over on TV3.