The South Lafourche area was devastated by a direct hit from Hurricane Ida, according to the Lafourche Gazette.
While work is ongoing to try and restore normalcy to the extreme southern reaches of the parish, one local business is expanding in hopes of providing people in the area with some much-needed shelter.
Jambon’s RV Park in South Lafourche, La., was destroyed by Ida, but is rebuilding and expanding — soon to have 90 sites available for campers with the hopes of having 150 more available after that. Business owner Josh Jambon said he’s trying to purchase 25 RVs for those who have loss of use claims on their insurance policies, which would put roofs over their heads and a small piece of normalcy in a tough, trying time.
“The facility will have lighting and a 24/7 security guard present,” Jambon said. “We are trying to keep it simple and family-oriented. We don’t want to just stick people in RVs. We have a school bus that turns in the La. 1 area, and mail is being delivered to the physical address and is being distributed, and Rouses is just a mile north of us.”
For Jambon, business and helping the community is in his blood.
His father, Jack, opened up shop in the early 60s with a restaurant and lounge in Golden Meadow. In 1975, the business moved to its current location at 20804 La. Highway 1 in Golden Meadow.
After Ida, the facility was damaged again, and Jambon said he again was faced with a decision of what to do with the park.
“After a few weeks, I had a visitor from FEMA at my residence asking what my plans were for my RV Park,” Jambon said. “I said, ‘I have no idea what to do.’ I have no insurance and I’m not sure what — if anything — to do next.”
Jambon said as more time went by, he felt motivated to help. Inspired by neighbors Chad and Trixy Boudreaux, Jambon said he started to send honest people to help locals with their electrical and roofing needs to help get the community back on its feet.