Louisiana Parks Harbor Katrina Evacuees
RV sites have been made available for evacuees in northeastern Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina came ashore this morning (Aug. 29) bearing a category 4 rating and packing over 100 mile-per-hour wind gusts.
According to the Shreveport Times, with hotel rooms booked up, several RV parks and municipalities were offering accommodations to RVers fleeing the storm.
The newspaper reported that the Hamilton Exposition Center in West Monroe has 186 RV spots going for $15 a night with electrical, sewage and water hookups. Stalls cost $10 a night.
The northeast Louisiana town of Oak Grove offered 36 RV spaces for free. “This is our way of lending a helping hand to our fellow citizens in the southern part of the state,” Oak Grove Mayor Lavelle Brown said.
The Gulf Coast RV Resort in Beaumont also filled up as the park’s 125 sites were packed with everything from camping trailers to plush motorhomes.
About 60 campers had taken advantage of Grand Bayou Resort south of Coushatta on Sunday afternoon, according to a dispatcher with the sheriff’s office.
Other campgrounds appeared to be a popular alternative as the plentiful camping locations in Sabine Parish reported maximum crowds.
South Toledo Bend State Park in extreme south Sabine Parish is one of the newest parks located on Toledo Bend Reservoir, and as of Sunday afternoon its cabins were full. “Six or seven” RV sites were still available at 4 p.m. Sunday, but employee Jason Kline expected those to go fast.
“We’ll put our overflow in the boat launch area, and if push comes to shove, (the evacuees) can put a sleeping bag down on the floor in our nature center,” Kline said.
All state park locations will be open 24 hours at least through Tuesday, he added.