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ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. - As of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the mandatory evacuation of the area between Bush and Hickory east of Highway 41 was reduced to a voluntary evacuation due to the fact that the threat on Lock Two of the Pearl River diversionary canal was lessened, according to St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister.

The Army Corps of Engineers has lowered the pressure on Lock Two near Bush.

'There is still a potential threat until the Army Corps of Engineers deems the lock stable and safe, and they are well on their way to doing that,' Brister said.

St. Tammany Parish and the Sheriff's office moved a majority of resources into the Military Road area east of Slidell to address the river's crest.

As of Sunday morning, the W. Pearl River is expected to crest at 19.5 feet in the town of Pearl River.

The crest will continue to move down the river for 28 hours.

Flood levels in the areas east of Military Road vary from one to three feet. Flood waters may stay in the area for a day or two.

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