Evacuation orders changing in St. Martin Parish
St. Martinville, La (St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office) — On Monday, May 30, 2011, beginning at 8:00 a.m., St. Martin Parish Officials will change portions of the Butte Larose-Happy Town area from a mandatory evacuation to a voluntary evacuation. Residents are cautioned that although this area will change from a mandatory to a voluntary evacuation order, the water is still continuing to rise, especially in low lying areas west of the Atchafalaya River Hwy levee; although at a slower than expected rate and may take several days to recede.
The area south from 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 lifted to a voluntary evacuation. 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.
Residents will need to be prepared to show proof of residency in this area for re-entry and are urged to use caution due to standing water in low lying areas.
Residents need to be aware that some of their septic tank systems may be underwater due to rising water and they will be unable to use their sewage systems until the water recedes.
Residents are also reminded that they need to exercise caution and be aware of displaced animals and snakes that may have wandered onto their property.
Those residents that live in the Atchafalaya Acres Subdivision will be under a boil water advisory until further notice.