BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) -St. James Parish Government announced Hurricane Ida recovery updates on Thursday, Sep. 2.
Entergy confirmed that all four substations in the parish have not been energized so the parish is 100% without power. Crews have arrived and this weekend will work to repair and replaced any damaged infrastructure. Over 340 transmission lines will need to be replaced in the parish.
Residents should expect the power to be out for the next few weeks but the parish wants to assure residents that Entergy is actively engaged in getting power up as soon as they can.
St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office has cleared and opened all roadways in the parish.
Water service has been restored to the parish and is holding pressure well. Water plants are at full capacity. The parish is under a water boil advisory until both plants are fully powered by Entergy. Gas stations are operational, but are experiencing strain due to a high demand of gas.
Waste Management has suspended residential trash collection, but there are two public drop-off locations that opened at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. West Bank Reception Hall and Gramercy Town Hall are the drop-off locations. Parish landfills will be open to collect household trash from our residents from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
St. James has been approved for the Blue Roof Program, a free service for homeowners that provides tarps and fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover damaged roofs until repairs can be made. The assistance will be provided by the Army Corps of Engineers. Residents can apply for the program here or call 1-888-766-3258.
Belmont Lumber has a limited supply of generators and the parish is waiting on tarp deliveries.
A curfew is in place and will be enforced between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily.