Published: May 16, 2011 7:18 PM EDT
Updated: May 16, 2011 7:19 PM EDT

BUTTE LAROSE, La. (AP) - A woman who lives in Louisiana's Cajun-country says she hopes the Mississippi River floodwaters are still a few days off, so she'll have more time to move things out of her home.

Bernadine Turner, who lives in a mandatory evacuation zone near Krotz Springs, started moving things out over the weekend and she's not done. Evacuations began after Army engineers opened the Morganza spillway on Saturday to divert the flooding from Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Turner says officials will allow residents to come and go until the water starts rising.

While the packing continues, some folks are taking time to leave a parting word. A hand-painted sign in front a deserted Butte Larose home said it all: "My slice of heaven force-flooded straight to hell. God help us all."

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