St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

St. John Parish: September 2

St. John Parish: September 2

September 2, 2012 – 8:30 a.m.

REMINDER: As a safety precaution, please place generators in an open area. Do not keep them within enclosed doors.

EVACUATIONS: Total 3936 evacuations

POD Sites: Four POD locations: Open from 9: 00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tarps will be available at all POD locations by lunch time today.
1. East St. John Elementary
400 Ory Drive, LaPlace, LA 70068

2. Fifth Ward Elementary
158 Panther Drive, Reserve, LA 70084

3. Garyville/Mt. Airy Math and Science Magnet
240 LA Hwy 54 Mount Airy, LA 70076

4. St. John the Baptist Courthouse
2393 Hwy 18 Edgard, LA 70049

FEMA- St. John the Baptist Parish is one of 5 parishes approved for individual assistance (IA), disaster relief, and federal funding.

Individuals and households who sustained losses from Hurricane Isaac and whose losses are not covered by insurance can begin applying for assistance by registering online at, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

A Disaster Recovery Center is open today between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. in the New Wine Parking Lot, 1929 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace. Times are subject to change based on the needs of the community.

The following documents are required for the Individual Assistance application process

1. SSN
2. Pre-diseaster address
3. Telephone number to be contacted
4. Insurance information
5. Total household annual income
6. Bank Account Information
7. Description of losses caused by Hurricane Isaac

The Small Business Association is also located at the Disaster Recovery Center to provide information on low interest loans for small businesses and homeowners who have experienced damage to their business.

Open Businesses can be viewed at

FOOD STAMPS: All low-to moderate-income Louisianans should pre-apply online for Disaster Food Stamps at or call 1-888-LAHELPU (524-3578) . Information needed for pre-applications is as follows:
o Name,
o Social Security Number,
o birth date for each household member
o Parish where you currently live
o Residential address
o Monthly income for each household member
o Liquid resources for each household member such as:
 Cash on Hand
 Checking Accounts
 Savings Accounts
 Certificates of Deposit (CDs)
 Money Market Accounts

RED CROSS: 4 disaster Teams are in the area and began damage assessment throughout the parish yesterday afternoon. Once assessments are done information regarding financial assistance will become available.

Choice International, 516 East Airline Hwy, LaPlace – Distributing non-perishable food items and ice beginning 10:00 a. m. while supplies last
Ascension of Our Lord, 1801 Greenwood Drive, LaPlace, LA – 3500 hot meals and cleaning supplies at 1:00 p.m. until supplies are gone
Donation Center – The Old Rainbow Chevrolet Parking Lot, 2020 W. Airline Hwy, LaPlace – Beginning at noon today, donations such as water, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, and infant supplies including diapers and formula will be accepted.
Other donation centers and assistance are being coordinated with other organizations. Anyone interested in setting up a donation center or wanting to send in donations, please call Dana Milioto at 985-652-9569 or email at
EVACUATION PHONE LINE: Call 2-1-1 for location information on evacuees and for shelter information.

WATER SUPPLY: Water Supply has been restored.

A boil water advisory is in effect until further notice for the West Bank and LaPlace residents. The Boil Water Advisory for the West Bank is expected to be lifted today.

POWER: 15,960 customers or 20.0% restored
PLEASE NOTE: The areas listed below are only general areas. It is not the ONLY areas Entergy is working.

Entergy is working in the following general areas today:
• Hemlock to W 5th to Montz
• Riverlands Estate down river
• Off Madewood, Parlange, Renzi, Chatsworth
• Behind St. Charles School and Nursing Home
• 27th and 28th Street toward Nalco
• River Road between DuPont and E22nd
• Westbank – working on feeder poles

Areas showing restoration since Saturday, September 1
• Ridgefield
• Greenwood
• Esplanade
• Arcadia
• Airline from English Colony SE toward Windsor
• Except for isolated areas – Entergy circuits are energized from Marathon to Bayou Steele

CURFEW: Curfew between 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. – St. John Residents can enter with proper ID
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes based on the roads that are currently open.

MAJOR ROAD CLOSURES: For travel information, call 5-1-1 or visit
• Airline Highway closed at LA 22 (Ascension Parish)
• Hwy 641 between Airline to the Gramercy exit is closed
• West 5th (LA 628) at Ideal Court NOW OPEN
• I-55 on/off ramps are closed – lanes are open for travel
• I-10 – all four lanes are open for travel
• I-10 at Belle Terre –all on/off ramps are OPEN
• I-10 at Hwy 51 – off ramps are closed