St. John the Baptist parish gives updates on power restorations and more

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – St. John the Baptist Parish has given updates on power restorations, water, roads and more.

Check them out below:

Assistance:

  • FEMA’s now ready to give families disaster financial help. Click here or call (800)-621-3362
  • For anyone experiencing disaster unemployment, click here for help.
  • Operation Blue Roof is a program that homeowners can use for free roof tarping. Click here or call 1-888-766-3258 for help.
  • Distribution sites for water, ice, and MRE’s are available daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. via drive-thru at the following locations:
  • Wallace Fire Station – 5733 Hwy 18, Vacherie (Wallace)
  • REGALA Gym – 200 REGALA Park Rd, Reserve
  • Garyville Magnet School – 240 Hwy 51, Garyville
  • Tide Loads of Hope is collecting and cleaning laundry from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice at the LaPlace Walmart.

Power:

  • Entergy crews are in the parish and working on the extensive repairs needed to restore power due to Hurricane Ida damaging large numbers of transmission structures, poles and wires.
  • Repairs are ongoing but are complex and crews continue to navigate rough terrain and vegetation. They are working to accelerate in the coming days. 

Water:

  • Water has been restored to LaPlace and there is water in all cities in the parish.
  •  Until further notice, all of St. John Parish is under a Boil Water Advisory. Residents are asked to boil water for one minute before consuming.
  • Water may continue to fluctuate as Utilities identifies and repairs water leaks and damaged infrastructure Parish-wide.
  • Parish residents are asked to limit all non-essential sewer services as much as possible during this time – this includes washing clothes, cleaning dishes and showering. Residents can continue using their essential sewer services such as using the bathroom.

Roads:

  • All interstate systems open but Hwy 51 is only open to first responders currently due to power lines. 
  • LA 44 is closed near the Cargill Grain Elevator (between W. 19th Street and W. 23rd Street) is closed.

Debris Removal:

  • There are more than 30 crews out clearing roadways of debris. Starting Tuesday, August 7, crews will start picking up vegetative debris.
  • Residents are asked to separate debris into the following categories: Household garbage, construction debris, vegetation debris, hazardous waste and electronics for pickup.
  • Place at curb and do not set debris against trees or poles.

Generator Safety:

  • St. John the Baptist Parish reminds residents that carbon monoxide from generators is deadly. Only use a generator in a well-ventilated area and place away from structures, at least 20 feet away from home, windows and doors.

Contractor Fraud:

  • St. John the Baptist homeowners are reminded to protect themselves from contractor fraud and other scams.
  • Obtain more than one estimate for repairs and check the qualifications and credentials of anyone working on your home or paying.
  • Use the Better Business Bureau to report scams at www.bbb.org.

Curfew:

  • A parish-wide curfew is in effect from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily until further notice.
  • The public is encouraged not to be on the streets late as there are multiple downed power lines and debris throughout the parish.

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