Despite Tuesday’s evacuation deadline, many Lake Arthur residents remain

Despite Tuesday’s evacuation deadline, many Lake Arthur residents remain

LAKE ARTHUR, LA (KPLC) - Many residents remain in Lake Arthur despite Tuesday's 4 p.m. evacuation deadline having passed.

The expected time for the Mermentau River to crest has been pushed back until Friday, when it is expected to rise to 11 ½ feet.

The situation was calm overnight and as of Wednesday morning, water had not topped the levee, Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Ivey said. He said law enforcement is continuously monitoring the situation.

Lake Arthur Mayor Robbie Bertrand says those who stayed behind have the potential of not having running water or electricity.

Ivy said anyone caught outside after hours will be stopped and questioned and could potentially end up behind bars.

Some businesses remain open in Lake Arthur.

7:10 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16

The mandatory evacuation order for residents in Lake Arthur has now passed.

Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff Ivy Woods pushed back the mandatory evacuation to 4 p.m. Tuesday to give people ample time to leave.

Now, whoever is caught outside after hours will be stopped and questioned and could potentially end up behind bars, as the sheriff says no one should be out and about roaming the streets.

The Mermentau River is now expected to crest at 11-and-a-half feet by Thursday morning. The flood stage is 4-feet.

Robbie Bertrand, town mayor, said for those who stayed behind, the potential of not having running water or electricity could happen.

"Well the big deal is the water right behind that levee right there; we are holding back and as long as we can continue to hold it back; we're OK but the water is rising every day. We still from today have another five-or-six days to hold this water back before it's going to start receding down," said Don Gauthier of the Broadmore Drainage Board.

A section of the sandbag levee that was placed on the lakefront in Lake Arthur failed Tuesday afternoon during a heavy storm.

Woods told KPLC the damage has been repaired.

"The sandbags that were placed on top of the levees along Pleasant fell with the weather of a bit ago. Water is coming in and no way to place them back." Lake Arthur Mayor Robbie Bertrand said on Facebook as things unfolded.

Many volunteers, from not only Lake Arthur but from across the area, have been working hard all day to pump out the water in town and fill sandbags for the area. The sandbags were then delivered to areas in need by the National Guard.

Several people showed up at the Lake Arthur Community Center today to volunteer their time and strength.

Residents said they are thankful for all the volunteers' hard work which made it easier for them to secure their property.

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