10.29.21 Update

Hurricane Ida Recovery Update

Friday, October 29, 2021

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers

  • FEMA has announced that the Disaster Recovery Centers in St. John will close on Sundays. The new hours are Mondays through Saturdays, from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.
  • Anyone needing assistance in filing claims with FEMA, or checking the status of existing claims, can visit the DRC during regular operating hours.
  • More information from Fema on the FEMA app (under Disaster Resources, select Talk to FEMA in Person) or visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.
  • Due to high winds of gusts, the DRCS were closed today.
  • They 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
  • Survivors of Hurricane Ida now have until Nov. 29 to apply for individual assistance with FEMA.
  • FEMA assistance for individuals and families affected by Hurricane Ida can cover rental assistance, temporary housing, home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.


    SBA Disaster Loans Information

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration’s deadline to apply for an SBA disaster loan has been extended to Nov. 29.
  • SBA disaster loans are the primary source of federal assistance to help pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.
  • SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters.
  • Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury.
  • SBA offers low interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, nonprofit organizations of all sizes having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.
  • Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence.
  • Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property.

For SBA questions or application assistance

SBA Business Recovery Center

Mondays - Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location: River Region Chamber of Commerce - 390 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace

800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov

Debris Collection

  • To date, more than 759,00 cubic yards of debris has been collected in St. John Parish and over 13,800 loads hauled.
  • 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. State debris removal progress can also be seen at www.511la.org.


  • Louisiana Statewide Cemetery Response Task Force:225-326-6056 orcemeterytaskforce@ag.louisiana.gov
  • State of Louisiana’s Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program: idashelteringla.com/or call 844-268-0301
  • FEMA Helpline (6a.m.–10p.m., seven days a week):800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585)
  • Debris pickup: LADOTD Hurricane Ida Citizen Problem Center (arcgis.com)
  • Legal aid hotline:800-310-7029
  • Disaster DistressHelpline:800-985-5990
  • FEMA Community Education and Outreach:833-FEMA-4-US or 833-336-2487

No changes from previous update:

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 for FEMA assistance at disasterassistance.gov.

Operation Blue Roof

  • If you have questions or concerns regarding your Blue Roof installation, please call 1-888-766-3258.

Insurance Information

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.


  • 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.

    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)