Evacuees from Hurricane Ida at Cypress Black Bayou Park

Posted: Aug 30, 2021, 6:07 PM

Evacuees from Hurricane Ida who have found a temporary home at Cypress Black Bayou Park will have some of the essentials needed to make their stay a little more comfortable thanks to assistance from the Bossier Parish Police Jury.

Bottled water and paper products were delivered to the Cypress Black Bayou beach event center Monday morning for distribution to the hundreds of individuals who are now sheltering at the park.

Cypress Black Bayou Recreation and Water Conservation District Executive Director Robert Berry said his staff will help with the distribution of goods.

District 5 Bossier Parish Police Jury member Julianna Parks visited with evacuees Sunday, expressing sympathy for those who had come to this area due to a natural disaster.

“We know how stressful this must be for you and we’re going to do everything we can to help while you’re here,” Parks said.

Parks said she asked if the police jury could assist with some of the basic items the evacuees might need.

“Without hesitation, I was told we could help,” she said. “I understand many of our employees are also making donations to assist the people who are here.”

Berry said volunteers are working to provide meals, including a scheduled Tuesday lunch that will be hosted by him and Bossier City Marshal Jim Whitman. Plans are also in the works for a church service for the evacuees, Berry said.

Berry said all of the more than 80 RV and camper slots at the park are full. Also, the cabins, cottages and condos at the park are full also.