Hurricane Ida recovery update – October 17

Published 9:01 pm Sunday, October 17, 2021

LAPLACE — St. John the Baptist Parish issued the following Hurricane Ida recovery updates for Sunday, October 17.

Debris Collection

·      More than 650,000 cubic yards of debris has been collected to date.

·      We know that many people may have not yet gutted their homes and debris piles will continue to pop up. Please be assured that debris contractors will continue to collect 7 days a week.

·      We are also working with State DOTD as they are tasked with debris collection on state highways.



·      Metro is working to return to regularly scheduled routes. More information at


·      The Disaster Recovery Centers are located at:

–         Frazee-Harris Memorial Library (parking lot)

111   Historic Front Street, Garyville, LA 70051

–         Roland Borne, Sr. Memorial Library (parking lot)

–         2979 LA-18, Edgard, LA 70049

·      Hours of operation for both centers are Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·      FEMA Home Inspections Info: If you applied with FEMA and you cannot live in your home because of damage caused by Hurricane Ida, a FEMA inspector will contact you to set up either a remote or in-person, exterior-only home inspection. FEMA never charges for an inspection.

·      More on what to expect from your inspection:…/fema-home-inspections-what-expect

·      For more information, visit or call the 24/7 FEMA hotline at 1-800-621-3362.  If you are a victim of fraud, report it to the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 1-866-223-0814.


Temporary Housing

·      The state offers a non-congregate Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program, visit or call 844-268-0301 to register for temporary sheltering.

·      We encourage residents to apply for the Ida Sheltering Program and also FEMA assistance at

Executive Order – Residential RVS

·      Parish President Hotard signed an executive order to allow for placement of one RV, travel trailer or other similar form of temporary housing to be placed on a single-family residential site through August 29, 2022. Additional provisions may be added as needs are identified for recovery.


·      If you are without power, please call and report it to Entergy at 1-800-ENTERGY.

·      Beware of scammers threatening immediate service disconnection. Entergy will never call and ask for personal information or demand payment.

·      If you get a suspicious call from “Entergy,” hang-up and call 1-800-368-3749 to speak directly with an Entergy customer service representative.

Business Recovery Center

·      The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Recovery Center is open in LaPlace on Mondays – Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at River Region Chamber of Commerce – 390 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace

·      Federal low-interest disaster loans from SBA are available to businesses, homeowners, and renters.

·      You may call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, email or visit for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.

Disaster Unemployment

·      Are you out of work due to Hurricane Ida? Follow these 4 steps to connect with disaster relief job opportunities:

–         Visit to start the application process and click on “Disaster Relief Opportunities”

–         Complete the online form

–         Wait for staff to verify eligibility

–         Make sure you have created a HiRE account

No change from previous update:

Elderly Assistance for St. John residents

•         Call the Department of Health & Human Services at 985-536-4955 from 8am-4:30pm daily.



·      Permit fees for repairs and renovations due to hurricane damage have been waived until February 28, 2022.

·      Building permits are not needed for the following types of work:

Shingles, Sheetrock, Cabinetry, Flooring, Fencing, Doors, Siding, Trim and Painting.

Permits are only needed when structural repairs are made to the framing, roof, or electrical components of the house.

·      If you have any questions, please contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 985-651-5565.

Safe Reconnect

·      If you sustained damage to your home or business electrical and/or gas systems and the utility was not able to reconnect service, please contact Planning & Zoning at Email or call 985-651-5565.

Boil Water Advisories

·      All Boil Water Advisories in St. John Parish are lifted.



·      The curfew is lifted for St. John Parish.

Hurricane Ida Donations

·      Drop Off Site:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm


200 REGALA Park Rd., Reserve

·      Non-perishable food, toiletries, cleaning supplies & water (clothing not accepted)

·      All items donated will go to Hurricane Ida relief in St. John Parish.

Stay Connected

·      For text alerts, text SJPWEATHER to 888-777

·      Parish website:

·      Parish social media: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

·      Government Access Channel (15/99)