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Flood Evacuation Reinstated for Louisiana's Butte Larose Area

  • May 20: A street sign is seen in floodwaters from the rising Mississippi River in St. Francisville, La., where a dozen homes and businesses, and several camps, were flooded. Residents were leaving in the face of a mandatory evacuation order set to kick in on Saturday as Mississippi River water flowing through the Morganza spillway is expected to reach communities in the Atchafalaya Basin. (AP)

    May 20: A street sign is seen in floodwaters from the rising Mississippi River in St. Francisville, La., where a dozen homes and businesses, and several camps, were flooded. Residents were leaving in the face of a mandatory evacuation order set to kick in on Saturday as Mississippi River water flowing through the Morganza spillway is expected to reach communities in the Atchafalaya Basin. (AP)

  • May 19: Landon Bonaventure, 5, walks to the edge of floodwater from the Mississippi River, that flooded a dozen homes and businesses, seen in background, in St. Francisville, La.

    May 19: Landon Bonaventure, 5, walks to the edge of floodwater from the Mississippi River, that flooded a dozen homes and businesses, seen in background, in St. Francisville, La.  (AP)

  • Chris Lynn paddles his boat through floodwaters surrounding his home after making his morning trip to check the water levels at his property in Vicksburg, Miss. on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Lynn said that the Mississippi River floodwater had receded several inches from Friday.

    Chris Lynn paddles his boat through floodwaters surrounding his home after making his morning trip to check the water levels at his property in Vicksburg, Miss. on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Lynn said that the Mississippi River floodwater had receded several inches from Friday.

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. -- As backwater flooding begins to encroach on the area, the mandatory evacuation order for the Butte Larose area will be reinstated at noon on Tuesday.

A news release from the St. Margin Parish Sheriff's Office, says that engineers said backwater flooding is beginning to approach some structures in the area. Sand bagging operations for the Belle River area will be suspended on Monday and residents can fill their own sand bags at the locations in Stephensville.

Starting at noon Tuesday, entry into the Butte Larose area will be strictly prohibited.

Displaced residents in need of shelter should contact the St. Martin Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.