10.17.21 Update

Hurricane Ida Recovery

Sunday, October 17, 2021

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.



  • 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: https://www.fema.gov/.../fema-home-inspections-what-expect
  • For more information, visit disasterassistance.gov 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 idashelteringla.com/ 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 disasterassistance.gov.

    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 DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance 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 laworks.net 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 safereconnect@stjohn-la.gov 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

    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)