DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - The Rouses Market in Denham Springs has reopened its doors four months after the historic August flooding damaged 90 percent of the homes in Livingston Parish.
"It's been a very tough four months for Livingston Parish," said Donny Rouse, CEO of Rouses Market. "We worked day and night to get this store back up and running as quickly as possible. We knew what it meant to this community, and what this community meant to us."
The store, located in Juban Crossing, reopened at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, December 14. Many employees who were relocated to stores in Baton Rouge and Ponchatoula will return to the renovated location.
"There was never a question of whether or not we would rebuild. We started work as soon as the floodwaters receded. We'd only been open a year and half, so that store was practically brand new. But we took this opportunity to make a few upgrades to make the shopping experience even better," said Rouse.
The company raised over $200,000 for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the Second Harvest of Acadiana following the flooding. They plan to donate nearly 1,400 Hormel Cure 81 Hams to food pantries in the Denham Springs area.
"We've donated over two million dollars in food and cash to area food banks. My family considers feeding our community job one," said Rouse.