St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

St. John the Baptist Parish Works Toward Recovery

St. John the Baptist Parish Works Toward Recovery

Saturday, February 27,2016


  • Groups or individuals over the age of 18 who are interested in volunteering with debris removal for the tornado victims can call the volunteer hotline at 1.256.503.1024 or register online at
  • Volunteer efforts are being coordinated through REGALA Gymnasium by a familiar group, 8 Days of Hope, who came to our Parish after Hurricane ISAAC to assist with rebuilding efforts. Hope Reigns is a division of 8 Days of Hope specializing in Rapid Response after a disaster and will be throughout the Parish for the next week volunteering. All volunteers registered through Hope Reigns (8 Days of Hope) will be wearing orange vests that read "Hope Reigns."




SUPPLIES PICK UP: (7 am - 7 pm, Sat/Sun) 

  • Ascension of Our Lord - 1900 Greenwood Dr., LaPlace
  • Celebration Church - 3400 Highway 51, LaPlace

FOOD PICKUP: (Until Meals Run Out)   


Lunch - 11am until meals run out

  • Laplace Elementary
  • Ascension of our Lord

Dinner - 4pm until meals run out

  • LaPlace Elementary
  • The Arcuri Center



SUPPLIES DROP OFF CENTER: (Saturday until 5pm, Sunday 8am until 2pm)  

  • St. John Community Center , 2900 Hwy 51, LaPlace
  • Cleaning supplies/batteries/flashlights/rakes and yard equipment encouraged

CLOTHING DROP OFF CENTER: (Monday-Saturday, 9:00 am-2pm) 

  • Evangelist Donna M. Perrilloux
  • 130 W. 7th Street, Reserve LA 70084
  • (985) 210-4176
  • Accepting non- perishable items, cleaning supplies, clothing ( all sizes and genders), shoes, baby items, bedding, kitchen, toys, school supplies, coats and whatever else people wish to donate. Monetary donations are also welcomed.


  • Monetary donations accepted through St. John United Way       "sjuw-tornadorelief"


  • Current SNAP households who were impacted by Tuesday's storms may be eligible to receive replacement SNAP benefits.
  • SNAP households that were without power for more than 24 hours and lost food as a result, should visit their local DCFS Economic Stability office located at 429 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace to complete an affidavit. The last day to complete this form is March 4, 2016.


  • Residents affected by tornado damage who would like their water service disconnected either temporarily or permanently at no charge can do so by calling 985-652-3131.
  • You can request that either your deposit gets put on hold or a permanent disconnect at no charge.


  • 150 customers remain without power in mostly damaged areas and those that cannot receive power.


  • Belle Terre to Hwy 51 and Airline to I-10 areas remain under curfew until Monday between 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.


  • Progressive Waste is currently assessing areas of their daily routes and will begin collecting garbage. Separate household garbage from debris, tree branches (Call Progressive at 536-3046 for new carts).


  • Debris must be separated into vegetative (organic, trees, shrubs, stumps, etc), construction & demolition (any treated wood or lumber drywall, roofing materials), white goods (refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers), and household hazardous waste & e-waste (computers, televisions, etc).
  • Do not place debris near mail boxes, utility boxes, utility poles, water meters or fire hydrants
  •  Do not place piles next to fences or cars.
  •  Do not place material for pick-up under low wires or overhanging tree limbs. Debris loaders cannot maneuver the collection arm safely under low-hanging objects
  • Consider placing debris piles on an old sheet of plywood or other similar material to minimize damage to lawns by the debris loader.


  • All schools and parish offices will be open Monday, February 29, 2016.


Business Response Survey

  • If your business sustained either a Physical or Economic Loss due to the tornado that occurred on Tuesday, February 23, we are requesting that you complete the Emergency Response Survey.
  • You may also complete the survey online at 

The Business Emergency Resource Center (BEOC)

  • The St. John the Baptist Parish Business Resource Center will provide a "one-stop shop" for impacted businesses, employees, and homeowners to receive in-person recovery assistance.  A dedicated team of resource providers including, Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC), South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC), US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Louisiana Workforce Commission, and Louisiana Federal Credit Union will assist in obtaining  business continuity planning, business loans, unemployment insurance, home retention services, and personal emergency loans.  All services will be free of charge.
    • When:  Monday, February 29 - March 4, 2016
    • 9:00 am - 5 pm 
    • Where:  River Region Chamber of Commerce, 390 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace, LA 70068, 985-359-9777


  • St. John homeowners are reminded to protect themselves from contractor fraud as they rebuild.
  • Remember, it is important to obtain more than one estimate for repairs and to check on the qualifications and credentials of anyone working on your home.
  • If you feel that you have been the victim of contractor fraud, please contact the St. John District Attorney's Office at (985) 652-9757 immediately


  • WWL 870 AM or 105.3 FM, ONLINE:, Facebook: St John Parish Government; Twitter: @SJBPgov