Hurricane Ida recovery update – Friday, October 22

Published 3:50 pm Friday, October 22, 2021

LAPLACE — St. John the Baptist Parish issued the following Hurricane Ida recovery updates for Friday, October 22.

Blue Roof

To date, 1,690 blue roofs have been installed in St. John Parish.
Residents can call 888-ROOF-BLU for an update if they have registered already.

Debris Collection

Over 700,000 cubic yards of debris has been collected Parishwide.
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. DOTD recently activated a call center for hurricane debris on state roadways at 800-950-2732.

Temporary Housing

The state has opened registration for the Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program. To register, visit or call 844-268-0301 to register for temporary sheltering.
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

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


Residents may apply for FEMA assistance online at, 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
Garyville Library Parking Lot – 111 Historic Front, Garyville
Edgard 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.
Please also be aware of potential contractor and donation scams.If you suspect fraud, you can contact the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline. More information at:

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 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:


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:


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

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 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.
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.

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)