11.3.21 Update

Hurricane Ida Recovery Update 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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 DisasterAssistance.gov 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 disasterassistance.gov)
  • If you have registered for the state program, please stay in contact at IdaShelteringLA.com.
  • Already registered? Check your status by viewing your registration at IdaShelteringLA.com. 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 safereconnect@stjohn-la.gov or call 985-651-5565.

    Stay Connected

  • For text alerts, text SJPWEATHER to 888-77
  • Parish website: sjbparish.gov
  • Parish social media: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
  • Government Access Channel (15/99)