St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

September 3, 2012- 8:40 a.m.

September 3, 2012- 8:40 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. 2500 tarps were delivered to PODS yesterday-more being delivered 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 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-disaster 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.

A list of businesses which are open 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:

  • Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Birth date for each household member
  • Parish where you currently live
  • Residential address
  • Monthly income for each household member
    • 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 are beginning damage assessment throughout the parish. Once assessments are done information regarding financial assistance will become available.

DONATIONS: Monday, September 3, 2012
Donation Center – The Old Rainbow Chevrolet Parking Lot, 2020 W. Airline Hwy, LaPlace – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m today- donations such as water, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, and infant supplies including diapers and formula will be accepted

Proctor & Gamble will be at Home Depot parking lot from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. distributing personal health care kits for males, females, children, and infants. Duracell is also on that site handing out batteries. There will also be a self-contained shower unit with 3 showers and 3 restrooms set up for public use. The Tide truck will be present at Home Depot tomorrow (Tuesday) and will wash clothes at 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Celebration Church- 3400 Hwy 51, in LaPlace-starting this morning, volunteers will be handing out clothing, diapers, MREs, water, pantry items and cleaning supplies until supplies last .

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, should call Dana Milioto at 985-652-9569 or email

EVACUATION PHONE LINE: Call 2-1-1 for location information on evacuees and for shelter information.


We are asking residents to place debris near the curb; not in the street. Debris must be separated into groups: vegetative (organic, trees, shrubs, stumps, etc), construction & demolition debris (any treated wood or lumber drywall, roofing materials), white goods (refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers), household hazardous waste, and e-waste (computers, televisions, etc).

When separating debris please remember the following:

Pile debris as neatly as possible near the curb, but not in the street. Try to keep the height of the pile under three feet.

Do not place debris near mail boxes, utility boxes, utility poles, water meters or fire hydrants. Inadvertent damage can occur if those items are covered

Do not place piles next to fences or cars. For safety assurance, no attempt is made to collect debris piled next to mailboxes, fences or cars. A 10-foot separation distance is recommended.

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 by the debris loader to your yard.

GARBAGE: Progressive Waste Solutions will have trucks servicing areas on Monday, September 3, 2012, hoping to resume normal Tuesday schedule tomorrow.

A reminder to residents: All carts should be placed near the curb to be ready for collection. As a safety precaution, any streets that have standing water, low hanging wires, or are blocked by trees or poles will be serviced once the roadway is cleared. White goods (refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, and hot water heaters) should also be put to the curb for collection. Refrigerators and freezers must be clear of all food or it will not be picked up.

Please note it is not required to have an insurance assessment of materials before throwing debris away. However, it is important to photograph all debris being thrown away as proof for insurance agencies. When separating the materials, take a photo of each asset with the home in the background. Also create a descriptive list of all assets that were lost to correctly record all damages.

White goods are being picked up by the garbage service; however, all other debris will be picked up separately. This schedule will be posted once finalized.

WATER SUPPLY: Water Supply has been restored.

The boil water advisory has been lifted for the West Bank and LaPlace residents. Residents can resume normal water use.

POWER: 5800 out, 71% restored

Scouts will be dispatched to address isolated reported trouble cases as needed. Residents should call 1-800-9OUTAGE to ensure proper recording.

Working areas:

  • Edgard, Wallace, Garyville, Reserve
  • Montz, RiverForest, Behind WalMart – lakes, Carrollwood, Carmel Valley to Country Club.
  • Robichaux to Farm Road – Robichaux will not get power.
  • Hwy 51
  • Rosenwald – NW 13th area and River Road

CURFEW: Curfew is currently between 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes based on the roads that are currently open. Curfew is strictly enforced in areas that are flooded and without power. Checkpoints at parish lines will no longer be enforced.

MAJOR ROAD CLOSURES: For travel information, call 5-1-1 or visit

  • I-10 – all four lanes are open for travel
  • I-10 at Belle Terre –all on/off ramps are OPEN
  • US 51 between I-10 and Woodland Dr. is currently closed
  • I-10 at Hwy 51 – off ramps are closed
  • Airline Highway closed at LA 22 (Ascension Parish)
  • Hwy 641 between Airline to the Gramercy exit is closed
  • I-55 on/off ramps are closed – lanes are open