Fontainebleau and Fairview-Riverside state parks are beginning to show signs of life after Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana.
The small but dedicated staff at historic Fairview-Riverside, between Mandeville and Madisonville, wasted no time after Isaac. About the time the water levels receded after the storm, they went to work, WDSU-TV, New Orleans, reported.
“As opposed to waiting for everybody to get here and help us out, we decided to get in here and do it ourselves,” said Interim Park Manager Marshall Pierre. “As you can see, we’re making some progress right now.”
Fairview’s historic Otis House sustained minor damage; it’s already repaired and ready for visitors.
However, critical work continues on the front campground. Staff members said it will need a complete overhaul of the electrical system, transformers and underground cable. The project, scheduled before the storm hit, is the last major hurdle.
Pierre said the main problem is having electricity to all the items. Once staff gets that up and running, he said, they can open the gates and let in visitors.
At Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, staff members are getting ready to take the “park closed” sign down, at least for a portion of the park, on Monday.
Dwayne Borel, Fontainebleau State Park manager, said they intend to open the campground, the day-use area, group camp 3 and the lodge on Oct. 15.
Fontainebleau still needs work, however. Twelve cabins on the lake were damaged. Sewerage and electrical systems also took a hit.
Borel said their budget will determine when the park opens again.