Evacuation soon to be voluntary for some

Evacuation soon to be voluntary for some

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Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Saturday, May 14, 2011. Water from the inflated Mississippi River gushed through a floodgate Saturday for the first time in nearly four decades and headed toward thousands of homes and farmland in the Cajun countryside, threatening to slowly submerge the land under water up to 25 feet deep. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Posted on May 29, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Updated Sunday, May 29 at 6:05 PM

Katie Moore / Eyewitness News

St. Martin Parish emergency managers are shifting mandatory evacuation orders for some parts of Butte Larose and Happy Town to voluntary status starting Monday morning at 8 a.m.

A parish spokeswoman said officials urge caution as the Atchafalaya River is still rising, just slower than expected. Residents will have to show proof of residency for re-entry and everyone is urged to use caution when driving in areas of standing or high water.

According to a parish news release, the area South from the Happy Town entrance along Atchafalaya River Hwy (La Hwy 3177) up to the intersection of Herman Dupuis Rd and continuing west down Herman Dupuis Rd until the foot of the bridge at Dick Davis Park will be under voluntary evacuation orders starting Monday. Happy Town, Sherburne and Herman Dupuis Rd. from the Dick Davis Bridge until the Pontoon Bridge, will remain under mandatory evacuation.

Additionally, Carter's Cut Canal will be closed to all boat traffic west up to the Pontoon Bridge until further notice.

Some septic systems may be underwater due to the high river, and residents will be unable to use their sewage systems until the

flooding recedes. Those residents who live in the Atchafalaya Acres Subdivision will be under a boil water advisory until further notice.

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