10.1.21 Update

Hurricane Ida Recovery Update

Friday, October 1, 2021

Changes from previous update:

Debris Removal:

  • Only 24 days have passed since debris collection began in St. John Parish and to date, over 400,000 cubic yards of debris has been collected throughout the Parish.
  • The days immediately following Hurricane Ida were spent clearing trees and other debris from roadways. This number represents 80 percent of all of the debris to be collected and debris crews will continue to work until it is all collected.
  • Please be assured that if a resident is currently gutting their home, debris crews are making multiple passes and debris monitors continuously going through neighborhoods to determine where pockets of debris remain.



  • Metro will partner with Waste Pro tomorrow to bring in additional trucks to service the Parish.



  • Approximately 156 customers or 0.80 % remain without power in St. John.
  • Please report any power outages to 1-800-ENTERGY



  • 18,031 FEMA registrations to date in St. John.
  • FEMA Disaster recovery centers open daily from 9 am to 6 pm:

-Garyville Library Parking Lot – 111 Historic Front, Garyville

- Edgard Library Parking Lot - 2979 Hwy 18, Edgard

  • Residents may also apply for FEMA assistance online at disasterassistance.gov or 24/7 via the phone line at 800-621-3362.

Blue Roof:

  • Total blue roofs installed: 397
  • The deadline to apply for a blue roof for your home has been extended to October 15. Apply at Blueroof.us or call 888-766-3258.

Crisis Cleanup Hotline

If you need assistance with damage from Hurricane Ida, call the Crisis Cleanup Hotline at 844-965-1386 to ask for help. The hotline will connect residents with volunteers from organizations who may be able to assist with cutting fallen trees, drywall, flooring and appliance removal, tarping roofs, and mold mitigation. The hotline is open through October 8.

Disaster Distress Helpline

HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration activated its helpline. This toll-free, multilingual crisis support service is available 24/7 via phone or text at 800-985-5990.

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP)

DSNAP interviews open for St. John Parish residents this Monday, October 4. Residents are encouraged to pre-register at www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/page/dsnap-registration to expedite the application process.

If SNAP clients are eligible for additional benefits in the event of a disaster, those benefits would be loaded onto their EBT cards automatically, or the SNAP recipients would have to submit a form through a process other than the DSNAP.

Once registration opens on October 4, residents should call 1-888-524-3578 on the day that corresponds with the first letter of their last name.

Day 1 (Monday, October 4) – Residents with last names beginning with A-F

Day 2 (Tuesday, October 5) – G-M

Day 3 (Wednesday, October 6) – N-S

Day 4 (Thursday, October 7) – T-Z

Day 5 (Friday, October 8) – Open for all (letters A-Z) in the Phase 3 parishes

Day 6 (Saturday, October 9) – Open for all (letters A-Z) in the Phase 3 parishes

Additional information can be found by texting LADSNAP to 898-211 or by visiting dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP.

Covid-19 Testing/Vaccination & Tetanus Shots:

  • Monday, October 4, 2021: Covid-19 Vaccination/Testing & Tetanus Shot opportunity at REGALA Park Gym – 200 REGALA Park Rd. in Reserve. No appointment needed and no cost.
  • Covid-19 Vaccination and Testing is also available at the St. John Parish Health Unit, 473 Central Avenue in Reserve, Monday-Friday 8am-4:30 p.m.

Election Update

Due to Hurricane Ida, the October 9 election has been postponed to November 13.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, October 13 - Last Day to Register to Vote in person or by mail

Saturday, October 23 - Last Day to Register to Vote online at geauxvote.com

Tuesday, November 9 - Last Day to request an absentee by mail ballots

Saturday, October 30 & Monday, November 1 - Saturday, November 6 - Early Voting

Friday, November 12 - Last day for the registrar to receive voted absentee ballot

Saturday, November 13 - Election Day


Mobile Workforce/ Disaster Unemployment

  • The Mobile Workforce Center will be at REGALA Park, 194 REGALA Park Rd., in Reserve, October 4th, 5th, & 11th from 9am-6pm helping residents apply for disaster unemployment assistance.
  • The application deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been extended through Nov. 2, 2021.
  • Click here to apply for DUA online: http://ow.ly/AfoZ50GePCV


No changes from yesterday’s update:

Elderly Assistance for St. John residents

•          Call 985-536-4955 from 8am-4:30pm daily.

Businesses Recovery Center

  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Recovery Center is open in LaPlace
  • Mondays - Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • 390 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace
  • SBA’s Customer Service Center can be reached at 800-659-2955, email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.

St. John Residential Water Bills for September will not be issued

Parish President Hotard announced that all September water bills which include water, sewage, garbage, ambulance, and mosquito monthly fees will be waived for September due to Hurricane Ida operational damage.

Residential water customers will not receive a September water bill but may receive, or have already received, a bill prior to September. If you receive a water bill for prior dates, please be assured that your next water bill will be waived.

Although Parish offices are currently closed to the public, customers can contact Utility Billing at 985-652-0542 for assistance.

Customers needing to pay a water bill can do so online at sjbparish.gov, via phone at 985-652-0542, or by utilizing one of the drop boxes at the Government Complex in LaPlace, Garyville Service Center, or Edgard Courthouse. All online processing fees have been waived during this time.

Boil Water Advisories

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

Temporary, Emergency Housing

  • Residents who will require temporary, emergency housing, whether a homeowner or renter, can call 985-359-0142 or 985-359-0270 or fill out this convenient form https://us.openforms.com/.../d7c1e95f-25c9-4939-aade... to be placed on the list for temporary, emergency housing.
  • The parish is continuing to compile a list of individuals who will require temporary, emergency housing to provide to FEMA. Final assessments will be conducted by FEMA.
  • The following information is needed: Address of the home you were living in during Hurricane Ida, a contact number to reach you, the number of people in your household.


    • Permits are only needed when structural repairs are made to the framing, roof, or electrical components of the house.
    • Structural repair permits that are required are required as part of St. John Parish’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, providing eligibility for flood insurance, and to enforce building codes that ensure the safety of its citizens.
    • Additionally, Parish President Hotard suspended all permit or trade filing fees until February of 2022. 

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.

Be Aware of Fraud

    • Please be aware of individuals posing as phony property inspectors or phony building contractors. Please be aware of scams that may try to steal money or your personal information through fraud by directing you to apply on their website.
    • Report scams, fraud, and identity theft to FEMA’s toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.


    • 10PM-5AM.