PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) – Around 20,000 lineman are working tirelessly in Louisiana to restore power after Hurricane Ida.
Jump N Jives, a gymnastics gym in Ascension Parish, is offering linemen a place to sleep, shower and eat at the gym.
“We were looking through Facebook and saw some of our local lineman that are restoring all the energy were sleeping in our trucks and so we were not okay with having that happen,” said Jimbo Gravois, Co-owner of Jump N Jives.
The gym is able to house a total of 160 people.
Lineman Jeff Christian has been trying to book his crew of 18 a hotel, however, most hotels in the capital area are booked due to evacuees from Ida.
Christian says he is grateful to be able to sleep at Jump N Jives.
“This is incredible. We have been sleeping in our trucks in the Sam’s Club parking lot. We’re working just 12 hours right now,” he said. “But this is just the beginning, we can work up to 20 hours.”
Gravois says the lineman coming in are sunburnt, tired and hungry.
“You have never seen tired until you see these guys walk into the doors and these guys are just beat,” Gravois said.
With the help of the community, the gym received over 50 air mattress donations in less than an hour. The gym is still accepting donations including, pillows, air mattresses, water and hygiene products.
“I am encouraging any local business to be available to them if you can,” Gravois said.
Linemen who need a place to stay are encouraged to reach out on Facebook or walk in to the gym.
The gym will house linemen until most of the power is restored in the state.
Power outages in the viewing area are available here.