Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
BUTTE LA ROSE, La. – Butte La Rose is cut off from the world tonight. The mandatory evacuation went into effect at noon as the water began rising and started to surround the foundations of some low-lying houses.
The sheriff and deputies went door to door three times to convince residents to leave, and only about 10 of 650 inhabitants decided to stay.
“The predictions of this is that once they crest here at 24.5, it’s going to last between seven to 14 days, and then it’s going to slowly recede,” said St. Martin Parish Sheriff Ronald Theriot.
“Just wait for the water to come up to see when I’m going to leave. That’s it. It’s going to come up the back for me,” said Lottie Miller, a Butte La Rose resident.
Miller is one of the few residents who have not evacuated – at least not yet.
“I’m going to stay a couple more days and then I’m gonna go,” Miller said.
Walter Kilgore did evacuate and it has been a severe stress having to leave his home and watch his crawfish business in the spillway literally wash away in the flood.
“I got a camper and I’m staying behind my son’s house,” said Kilgore, a Butte La Rose resident.
He brought back 10 sacks when he was expecting three dozen on his latest crawfishing trip, and was told he’ll have to find a new place to launch Wednesday.
Predictions are the water could still rise two more feet before the crest is reached and take several weeks before it goes down enough that they can reopen the town.
Meanwhile, for those who make a living in the bayous, crawfishing will continue.
“Oh, we’re gonna go crawfishing tomorrow. We’re going from another landing, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to go. This is our livelihood. This is what we do,” Kilgore said. “I mean, we have to make a living.”