12:30 p.m. Mandatory Evacuation East of Grand Bayou reduced to Voluntary Evacuation

The Area to the east of Grand Bayou along Highway 70 that was part of the Mandatory Evacuation Order from the Bayou Corne Sinkhole has been re-designated to a Voluntary Evacuation Area.

The area is believed to be depleted of gas and continued investigation will confirm that the gas is depleted from this area before Evacuation is removed from this area.

Attached is a map to identify the area that is now under a Voluntary Evacuation Area:

Voluntary Evacuation Area (12-4-2014)