Hurricane Ida recovery update – Wednesday, November 3

Published 4:35 pm Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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LAPLACE — St. John the Baptist Parish issued the following Hurricane Ida recovery updates for Wednesday, November 3.

Debris Collection

·       More than 788,000 cubic yards has been collected in St. John to date.

·       DOTD announced that the final pass of Hurricane Ida debris removal on state highways in St. John the Baptist Parish began today. DOTD recently activated a call center for questions related to Hurricane debris on state roadways at 800-950-2732. This call center is operating daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


·       Residents have until Nov. 29 to apply for individual assistance with FEMA.

·       Anyone needing assistance in filing claims with FEMA, or checking the status of existing claims, can visit the DRC during regular operating hours or visit or call 800-621-3362.

·       Starting November 8th, 2021, due to daylight savings time, the DRC locations will be open from 9:00am-5:00pm.

The DRCS are located at:

1.  Garyville Library Parking Lot ,111 Historic Front St, Garyville

2.  St. John the Baptist Parish Library Parking Lot, 2979 LA-18, Edgard


Disaster Distress Helpline

·       If you’re looking for ways to cope with stress or anxiety, there are free resources available:

-Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990


Temporary Housing

·       If you need temporary housing, please register for the state’s Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program or call (844) 268-0301 or for TTY services call (844) 458-1806. (Please also register with FEMA at

·       If you have registered for the state program, please stay in contact at

·       Already registered? Check your status by viewing your registration at If your registration is incomplete, answer all information. Please make sure to complete the following:

Release of Information (ROI),

Right of Entry (ROE); and

provide a copy of your government issued identification.

·       If you have any questions, please reach out to a Program Team Member by calling 1-844-268-0301 or 1-844-458-1806 for talk to text (TTY). Please note, if there is a hold time longer than 3 minutes, you will be offered to have a Program Team Member return your call without losing your place.

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.


·       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.

Stay Connected

·       For text alerts, text SJPWEATHER to 888-77

·       Parish website:

·       Parish social media: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

·       Government Access Channel (15/99)