Hurricane Ida Recovery Information

SBA Business Recovery Center in LaPlace Relocated

SBA opened the BRC to provide personalized assistance to LaPlace businesses affected by Hurricane Ida that occurred Aug. 26 ‑ Sept. 3, 2021. SBA customer service representatives will continue to meet with business owners to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process, help each individual complete their electronic loan application and close their approved loans. No appointment is necessary.

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH

River Parishes Community College – Reserve

181 Regala Park Road

Reserve, LA 70084

Opens 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19

Mondays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

SBA representatives are still available at all the SBA Business Recovery Centers, SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers and Federal/State Disaster Recovery Centers throughout the affected areas to explain SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents close their approved disaster loans. For a list of locations, or to receive additional disaster assistance information, visit SBA’s website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/disaster-details?recordId=a0et0000008tYqNAAU .

So far, SBA has approved $1,245,083,200 in federal disaster loans for Louisiana businesses and residents. According to Garfield, SBA has approved $93,250,900 for businesses and $1,151,832,300 for residents to help rebuild and recover from this disaster.

Even though the deadline to apply for a loan for property damage has passed, small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size still have until May 31, 2022, to apply for an economic injury disaster loan to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.

Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. Business owners may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.855 percent for businesses and 2 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

St. John Parish Debris Collection Final Pass Begins January 10

St. John the Baptist Parish – To date, St. John the Baptist Parish has removed close to 1 million cubic yards of debris. The final pass for debris collection in St. John Parish will begin January 10, 2022, and run until all debris is collected. 

Debris trucks will sweep each street Parishwide, and residents are asked place debris curbside by January 10th for collection.

Debris should also be placed away from any utility equipment, mailboxes or low hanging trees or power lines. For more information, visit sjbparish.gov.

FEMA

To locate a Disaster Recovery center, check the FEMA app or visitwww.FEMA.gov/DRC.

  • Call FEMA’s Disaster Helpline at 800-621-3362 to find out the status of your application, what additional assistance may be available or to have other questions answered. The lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Be Aware of Contractor Fraud

  • As we work to recover and rebuild following Hurricane Ida, residents are encouraged to watch for and report any suspicious activity or contractor fraud.
  • Potential fraud should be reported to https://www.bbb.org/file-a-complaint or the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.
  • Remember to verify contractor’s license and insurance.

Hurricane Ida Disaster Legal Assistance

  • Hurricane Ida Disaster Legal Assistance is available by appointment every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the legal clinic located at 1811 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace.
  • St. John the Baptist Parish residents seeking disaster-related legal assistance can contact Southeast Legal Services at 225-448-0080 ext. 336 to schedule an appointment. If no one answers, please leave your name and phone number and someone will return your call.

Temporary Housing

  • Residents who need temporary housing should register for the state’s Hurricane Ida Sheltering program at idashelteringla.com or by calling 844-268-0301.
  • Already registered? Check your status by viewing your registration at IdaShelteringLA.com. 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).

Long Term Recovery Group

  • St. John Parish recently activated the Long Term Recovery Group to assist residents with unmet needs due to Hurricane Ida.
  • If you are a homeowner and are uninsured, underinsured, or need assistance due to Hurricane Ida, please call the St John Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) at 985-703-8411.  

Permits

  • Permit fees for repairs and renovations due to hurricane damage have been waived however a permit may still be needed in some instances.
  • Building permits are not needed for 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 or would like to make an appointment, 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 so someone in this department can work with you on reconnection.

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)