May 21, 2011 1:39 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

As water inches closer, an agonizing wait in La.

BUTTE LAROSE, La. (AP) - The final wave of holdouts has mostly packed up and left Butte LaRose as water from the swollen Atchafalaya River inches toward their homes.

Painted signs outside their now-abandoned homes illustrate both their frustration and hope.

One reads: "Nothing left worth stealing." Another says: "Stay strong. Believe."

The floodwater is continuing its dayslong trek toward the area. St. Martin Parish had ordered a mandatory evacuation to take effect Saturday, but then pushed it back at least two days after officials said the river would crest May 27 at a lower level than previously

Once the water comes, residents may not be able to return for weeks. They'll have to wait until Monday for officials to decide whether to reinstate the evacuation order.



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