BUTTE LAROSE, La. (AP) -- St. Martin Parish officials have postponed a mandatory evacuation in the Butte LaRose area that had been scheduled to take effect Saturday morning.
Though most people in the town of about 650 already left, officials said those remaining could stay until at least Monday, giving some more time to put up sandbags and other protection against the rising water of the Atchafalaya River.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Maj. Ginny Higgins said Friday that the evacuation order was postponed after the National Weather Service revised its forecast, and now predicts the river will crest May 27 at Butte LaRose -- a lower level than earlier thought.
The Atchafalaya is taking in flow diverted from the Mississippi River at the Morganza spillway northwest of Baton Rouge.