St. James Parish Hurricane Ida Recovery September 17, 2021

Published 1:24 pm Friday, September 17, 2021

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Latest Entergy Update on Power Restoration in St. James Parish 

Number of outages as of 11 am: 104 – 1.05% of customers remain without power.


  • The majority of customers who can safely receive power have been restored.

  • System is still fragile but beginning to stabilize. As they continue with repairing systems it is possible for periodic outages as new transformers are brought in and additional repairs are made.

  • As a reminder, if your neighborhood has power but your home does not, please check for damages to your electrical equipment attached to your home.

  • If your electric equipment appears undamaged, text OUT to 36778 or call 1-800-9OUTAGE.

Garbage Collection:

  • Continuing to run Monday and Tuesday like normal, with Wednesdays serving as a makeup day for Monday and Tuesday.
  • Thursday and Friday routes will be made up on Saturday if needed. 
  • WM staff are addressing areas with poor pick up.

Storm Debris Pick Up:

  • 25k cubic yards picked up parish-wide
  • Currently 18 trucks operating in the parish plus 10 DOTD trucks
  • 1st pass should be completed by September 24th
  • We are hoping to start picking up Construction & Demolition debris by next week with the arrival of additional trucks. C&D requires a direct haul to the landfill which will take more time.
  • Rain this week has delayed pick up slightly, however will continue with multiple passes.

Construction & Demolition Debris Drop Off Point:

  • A Drop off point for C&D is open at the West Bank Landfill on HWY 3127 for those who do not want to wait for C&D debris pick up to begin. Residents dropping debris will be required to show their I.D. with a Parish address.
  • Drop off road for C&D is on the Sheriff’s Range Road.
  • Please see attached graphic:

DSNAP Approved for St. James Parish

  • Federal approval given 9/14/21.
  • Residents can call the LAHelpU Customer Service Center, 1-888-524-3578, to apply and be interviewed for DSNAP. Applicants should call 1-888-524-3578, select their language, prompt 6 and then 1 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m
  • More information can be found at:


Boil Water Advisories:

  • All 4 water systems in the parish are no longer under a boil water advisory. 


  • Parish Libraries remain open with public computer availability for residents in need of applying for disaster assistance.
  • Library staff have been trained by FEMA to provide basic assistance to residents utilizing public computers for registration.

Department of Human Resources:

  • Department of Human Resources continue the assessment and case management team triage throughout the parish.   

Point of Distribution Locations CLOSING:

  • As power has been restored parish-wide with only 1% of customers without power, state criteria requires that PODS should be closed due to critical services reopening.
  • All PODS will officially close today, Friday, 9/17/2021

Disaster Recovery Center Opening:

  • State and Federal Officials will open a Disaster Recovery Center beginning Saturday, September 18th, to allow in-person meetings for residents with FEMA officials. This will allow for residents to meet face-to-face with a FEMA representative for assistance with any FEMA claims.
  • The DRC will be open 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Convent Community Center located at 5775 LA HWY 44, Convent, LA 70723
  • Opening tomorrow, at 11 am


Sheriff’s Office Updates:

  • Curfew has been lifted as of Friday, 9/17/21

St. James Parish Hospital Updates