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BUTTE LAROSE, La. (AP) -- St. Martin Parish officials havepostponed a mandatory evacuation in the Butte LaRose area that hadbeen 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 protectionagainst the rising water of the Atchafalaya River.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Maj. Ginny Higgins said Friday that theevacuation order was postponed after the National Weather Servicerevised its forecast, and now predicts the river will crest May 27at Butte LaRose -- a lower level than earlier thought.

The Atchafalaya is taking in flow diverted from the MississippiRiver at the Morganza spillway northwest of Baton Rouge.

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