Hurricane Ida recovery update – October 21

Published 4:22 pm Thursday, October 21, 2021

LAPLACE — St. John the Baptist Parish issued the following Hurricane Ida recovery updates for Thursday, October 21.

FEMA

· Residents may apply for FEMA assistance online at disasterassistance.gov, via its 24/7 phone line at 800-621-3362, or in-person.

· To apply for FEMA assistance and make amendments to applications, visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 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

· FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are accessible facilities and mobile offices you can visit to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs. You may also visit to ask questions about your case.

· If you received a letter saying you are ineligible for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Ida damaged your home, you can appeal.

· Appeal letters must be sent or given to FEMA within 60 days of the date of the determination letter, and evidence to support your appeal request should be included.

· Did You Know you can submit a third-party written statement in case you need someone else to administer your disaster assistance application? More details at https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/third-party-written-consent-let-fema-know-who-talk-about-your-application?fbclid=IwAR3RrpVDmusFZBjCuvmgVg7zq0-vkVPuj-4pQvI2D5dDxw_JIfINP6-S2a0 .

· As we recover from Hurricane Ida, please be aware of potential contractor and donation scams. If you suspect fraud, you can contact the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline. More information at: https://bit.ly/31CIMQj.

 

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

· SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster.

· You can call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance for more information on SBA disaster assistance or to apply.

· The SBA Recovery Center is open on in St. John Parish on Mondays – Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at River Region Chamber of Commerce – 390 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace.

 

Insurance Information

· Do you have a Hurricane Ida claim dispute with your insurance company? The Louisiana Department of Insurance announced a new program to help: http://ldi.la.gov/news/press-releases/10.19.21-commissioner-donelon-unveils-hurricane-ida-mediation-program-to-resolve-claim-disputes

 

Debris Collection

· More than 690,000 cubic yards of debris has been collected to date.

· Please be assured that debris trucks are out collecting daily and will be until all debris is collected.

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

 

Temporary Housing

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

· Please note that you will never be asked to provide your Social Security Number, Banking or Financial Information as part of your participation in this program.

· The program provides sheltering assistance to residents in eligible heavily impacted parishes until other temporary or permanent housing options are available

· We encourage residents to also apply for FEMA assistance at disasterassistance.gov.

Rental assistance: Need help locating where to apply for the Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program? Dial 211 or visit lastaterent.com.

 

Power

· Currently, 28 customers or .14% are without power.

· 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 need to start, stop, or move service; pay your bill; or report an outage, you can also use: https://www.myentergy.com/s/.

 

No change since previous update:

 

Garbage

· Metro is working to return to regularly scheduled routes. More information at https://metroservicegroup.com/.

 

Disaster Unemployment

· Are you out of work due to Hurricane Ida? Follow these 4 steps to connect with disaster relief job opportunities. Click the link to start the application process http://ow.ly/Wk8g50GncsX

 

Elderly Assistance

· Residents who need elderly assistance should call the Department of Health & Human Services at 985-536-4955 during business hours, 8am-4:30pm daily.

 

Permits

· 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.

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 safereconnect@stjohn-la.gov or call 985-651-5565.

 

Hurricane Ida Donations

Drop Off Site:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

REGALA Gym

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: sjbparish.gov

· Parish social media: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

· Government Access Channel (15/99)