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August 27, 2021 8:00 AM

HURRICANE IDA UPDATES

The latest recovery updates from St. James Parish Government on Hurricane Ida

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Latest Update:

September 20, 2021 10:05 AM

Debris Stats Monday 920

Prior Updates

September 17, 2021 12:24 PM

Latest Recovery Updates in St. James Parish


9.17 Hurricane Ida Recovery Udpate

September 17, 2021 12:08 PM

A Disaster Recovery Center is opening in St. James Parish to provide residents in-person assistance from FEMA representatives:  

  •  The DRC will open at 11 am Saturday, September 18 and continue operations daily from 9 am - 5 pm at the Convent Community Center. 
  • During the planning process, multiple sites in St. James Parish were considered including three sites on the west bank and one on the east bank. Due to damages at the parish west bank sites, the Convent Community Center was selected to begin DRC operations. 
  • Upon completion of repairs at the West Bank Reception Hall located in Vacherie, the DRC will likely move to allow for more space.  

Residents are encourage to visit the DRC to meet face-to-face with FEMA representatives for assistance with claims or available resources.  

Services include: 

  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery assistance and programs for survivors 
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received from FEMA 
  • Housing assistance and rental resource information 
  • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance 
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA
    Disaster Recovery Center  

September 15, 2021 4:18 PM

Drainage Work Orders Temporarily on Hold


In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, St. James Parish Operations crews are currently working to inspect all major drainage channels parish-wide. Drainage crews are clearing all canals and waterways of debris or obstructions which were a result of wind and heavy rainfall associated with Hurricane Ida.

For this reason, and until completed, all interior drainage requests will be placed on hold. This includes work order requests for channel maintenance, culvert installation, etc.  We ask for your understanding and patience while we work to clear major channels and prevent further drainage problems, should another storm impact our area. 

September 15, 2021 3:59 PM

A public drop off point for Construction & Demolition Debris has been opened at the West Bank Landfill Transfer Site located at 39305 LA 3127, Vacherie.

Please note: Debris Removal Contractors WILL BE picking up construction & demolition debris upon the completion of vegetative debris removal. 
However, residents who would like to dispose of construction materials now, may drop their debris at the West Bank Landfill Transfer Site between 7 am - 5 pm. 
ENTRANCE: To drop off C&D debris, please enter from Sheriff Range Road. For all household trash, please use the regular entrance. 
**Debris Removal is ongoing (weather permitting) and additional trucks can be expected in St. James Parish by Friday, 9/17.**
**I.D. VALIDATING RESIDENCY REQUIRED**

CD Drop off

September 15, 2021 11:46 AM

Latest Power Restoration Update from Entergy: 


  • Number of outages as of 11 am:  685 – 7% of customers remain without power. 
  • All feeders in St. James Parish remain energized and crews are responding to the remaining scattered outages. 
  • As a reminder, if your neighborhood has power but your home does not, please check for damages to your electrical equipment attached to your home. 
  • If your electric equipment appears undamaged, text OUT to 36778 or call 1-800-9OUTAGE.

September 15, 2021 11:45 AM

What Restoration Work Requires a Permit?


We are receiving some questions regarding what types of restoration or recovery work needs a permit. Please see the full list below. 

 If you are in need of a permit or have questions, please email permitting@stjamesla.com or call 225-331-8187. Be sure to include your Name, Address, Phone Number and Work Needed in the email. 

Permits REQUIRED for: 

  • Roof Replacement
  • A/C (Mechanical)
  • Electrical 
  • Gas
  • Plumbing
  • Accessory buildings 
  • Renovations (Square footage cannot increase)
  • Temporary RV Placement
  • Mobile Home Placement
  • Demolitions

Permits are NOT required for:

  • Drywall 
  • Flooring
  • Gutting 
  • Fencing 
  • Less than 10% of Shingles 

*Permit fees related to Hurricane Ida are waived.*


Permit Information



September 14, 2021 7:48 PM

We have received many questions about debris pick up. Here are some stats below to better illustrate ongoing debris operations. 


▪ In total, there are 21 debris trucks operating parish-wide, including in the two towns. This number will likely go up as additional trucks are being brought in and certified. 
▪ The trucks operating throughout the parish roadways are contractors. [DRC Emergency Services] Parish roadway pickup began 9/7/21 and will continue until all debris has been cleared.
▪ Debris trucks operating along state highways are contracted by DOTD. This debris pick up began 9/4 and will continue with multiple passes until all debris cleared. 
▪ Over 11,000 cubic yards of debris has been collected parish-wide, including in the two towns. [Note: this does not include state highways.]
▪ 225 leaners and hangers were removed by separate crews making way for debris trucks. 
▪ Parish Utilities crews are working ahead of all debris trucks to ensure all utility equipment is marked and uncovered to prevent damage to meter's and further interrupt any service to residents. 
▪ Vegetative debris is being removed first. then will be followed by construction and demolition debris. 
▪ Contractors are picking up debris by map grid which is broken down into 1 square mile grids. This allows for canvassing of the parish, and ensures all debris is removed per grid. 
▪ Please note: MULTIPLE passes will be made to allow for additional debris to be moved into the right of way. 
▪ Bagged trash will not be removed by DRC, but will be considered household debris and should be put with regular trash pick up. 
▪ Non-separated debris will take much longer for contractors to remove. By separating your piles by appropriate category, this will speed up the process. [vegetative, construction & demolition, white goods, household trash]
Please remain patient as crews work in rainy weather conditions to continue to remove debris. This process will take some time, but rest assured, multiple passes will be made to remove all debris accordingly.

tuesday 9.14 debris stats

September 13, 2021 10:42 AM

Garbage Collection and Debris Removal REMINDER: 


▪ Garbage Collection is back on regularly scheduled pickup. 

▪ If you are bringing items to the parish landfill transfer sites, please use the list here on what is allowed: https://buff.ly/3htmg3L

▪ NOTE: Construction debris is NOT allowed at parish landfill transfer sites. Please place this debris in the appropriate pile for debris pick up - or take directly to the Colonial Landfill. 

▪ Storm debris pick up is ongoing throughout the parish. Please be sure your items are unbagged, separated appropriately and not in the way of utilities equipment. 


Debris Segregation - Hurricane Storm Graphic Trash Only with all Categories Storm Debris - ENGLISH (

September 13, 2021 10:08 AM

Latest Entergy Update on Power Restoration in St. James Parish 


Number of outages as of 9 a.m.:  3,391 – 34% of customers remain without power


St. James Parish Update as of 9:00am 9/13/2021 


Crews made good progress over the weekend.   With the upcoming rain the next few days things may slow down just a bit, but we will continue to work around those conditions as safely as possible.   

Accomplishments (Energized Sections) for St. James Parish 09/12/2021

  • South Vacherie 
  • 3125 from Lutcher to Paulina 
  •  V&M Motors to Grand Point Rd
  • Grand Point Rd from the River to the Boat Launch

We will continue to have small repairs in the area with isolated issues but all the major feeder restoration that required heavy equipment should be done in the area.  We will be ramping down by the end of the day and will work in smaller groups to continue the restoration efforts. 

 Plans of Action for St. James Parish 09/13/2021 

  •  We plan to energize from Hwy 20 to the Labadieville/Reserve Office line.

 Note: As we begin to energize areas, electricity will go on and off periodically, so that the system can stabilize itself. Duration of outage depends on the severity of what needs to be corrected.

  •  St. James Parish has a total of 350 electrical workers in the area.
  • By the end of the day, our plans are to have energized 90 % of the feeders on the Westbank of St. James Parish and 90% on the Eastbank.  We still have some taps that may need to be cleared and we will be working to restore all customers who have made repairs to their meter pans and are ready to be restored.  

September 10, 2021 11:03 AM

Latest Updates from Entergy on Power Restoration in St. James Parish


St. James Parish Update as of 9:00am 9/09/2021


Off road equipment have arrived and we are in the marsh and hard to access areas starting to rebuild lines.    

Accomplishments (Energized Sections) for St. James Parish 09/09/2021

  • Zen-Noh Grain Elevator was energized 
  • Six Ward Elementary School
  • Various minor repairs to customers in St. James Parish  
  • Repaired and Restore LSR, Lutcher Sr. Living Center, Lutcher Water Treatment, Gramercy Water Treatment, and Parts of Gramercy on River Road.    

 Plans of Action for St. James Parish 09/10/2021 

  •  Energize the St James Court House on the East Bank
  • Crews are working on Hwy 3125 from Grand Point Rd. going towards Lutcher
  • Crews are working on River Rd from V&M Motors going toward Grand Point Rd. 
  • Crews are working on the West bank of St. James Parish on Hwy 18 starting at Hwy 20 going towards Donaldsonville
  • Crew will be starting from St. Paul Baptist Church on Hwy 18 working going towards Hwy 20 
  • Crews will be working in marsh of Airline Hwy to serve Parts of Gramercy and Lutcher 
  • Crews will be working out of Convent Substation along Hwy 3125 going toward Paulina. 
  • Crews will be working in various locations throughout Gramercy and Lutcher.

St. James Parish has a total of 350 electrical workers in the area and we will be getting more in the area 

  • We are working hard to accomplish the plan as stated. In the event that we are not able to accomplish what is noted, we will check and adjust and keep you updated of the changes from that task. 

September 10, 2021 10:10 AM

Parish Utilities and Permitting Offices Hours & Locations


The Parish Permitting Offices are currently operating 7:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Thursday and 7:30 - 11:30 AM Fridays from the Convent Senior Center located at 5775 LA-Hwy 44, Convent, LA 70723

The Parish Utilities Offices are available in person at the Courthouse Annex  in Vacherie from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Thursday and 7:30 - 11:30 AM Fridays. 

Parish Utilities Offices are only available to drop night deposits. 

September 10, 2021 9:26 AM

Parish Library in Lutcher Open this Weekend for Disaster Assistance Applications


The Parish Library in Lutcher will be open today (9/10) until 4 pm and again on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. Public computers will be available for residents in need of applying for FEMA disaster assistance.


September 9, 2021 2:56 PM

Entergy Update 9/9/21


Unfortunately, a cross arm broke on a 70-foot pole By Louisiana Sugar Refinery causing us to lose part of Gramercy and Lutcher on the River Road. This will be repaired today.  
Accomplishments (Energized Sections) for St. James Parish 09/09/2021
• Working to energize River Rd from Zen-Noh Grain to Hwy 44 & 22
• Parts of King Ave in Lutcher was energized
• Parts of Gramercy was energize 
Plans of Action for St. James Parish 09/09/2021
• Zen-Noh Grain Elevator feeder 
• Crews are working on Hwy 3125 from Grand Point Rd. going towards Lutcher
• Crews are working on River Rd from V&M Motors going toward Grand Point Rd. 
• Crews are working on the Westbank of St. James Parish from Hwy 20 on River Road going towards Donaldsonville
• Crews will be starting from Old St. James High School working their way back to Hwy 20 on River Road 
• Crews are working Hwy 644 & 643 in South Vacherie 
• Crews will be working in marsh off Airline Hwy that feeds Parts of Gramercy and Lutcher 
• Crews will be working out of Convent Substation along Hwy 3125 going toward Paulina. 
• Crews will be working in various locations throughout Gramercy and Lutcher repairing lines
Number of outages:  6,571 – 66% of customers remain without power  
Percentage of damage assessments complete: 100%
Area Notes: While the estimated date of restoration is September 17, we expect to begin powering critical facilities and other social infrastructure within the parish well in advance of this date.  
Power has been restored to St. James High School, water treatment plant in Lutcher and Gramercy, Lutcher Sr. Citizens home, Miranda Aluminum, Louisiana Sugar Refinery and River Road from Veterans bridge to VNM Motors.  Lutcher Hospital was also restored.  
▪ We would also like to remind our customers, that if you live in a neighborhood that has had power restored but you don’t have power at your home, you are likely to have electrical damage. 
▪ If you are without power, check for damage to the electrical equipment attached to your home or business and contact an electrician to make repairs. 
▪  If your electric equipment appears undamaged, text OUT to 36778 or call 1-800-9OUTAGE.  Be especially careful inspecting your house in a neighborhood where power has been restored, because the wires will be live. Be smart, be safe and call a licensed electrician to check it out for you.  Sometimes damage can be subtle. For example, your meter may be pulled off of your house by only a couple of inches and that can be hard to detect.  Remember, a licensed electrician’s inspection of your property’s electric wiring may be needed before Entergy can restore power to a home or business that has water damage from rain or flooding.

September 8, 2021 3:53 PM

Latest Business Openings as of 9/8 at 4 pm

Business Openings 4 pm 9.8

September 8, 2021 10:31 AM

Entergy Updates as of 9/8/21 | 10 AM


Rain was in the area yesterday and slowed down progress a little bit. 

Accomplishments (Energized Sections) for St. James Parish 09/07/2021

  • St James Hospital - energized
  • Lutcher High School - energized
  • We were able to pick up a few customers in the Lutcher Gramercy area (Off N. Airline)
  • Winn Dixie and the subdivision behind it
  • Cabanose Subdivision

 Plans of Action for St. James Parish 09/08/2021

  •  Working to energize River Rd from Zen-Noh Grain to Hwy 44 & 22
  • Crews are working on Hwy 3125 from Grand Point Rd. going towards Lutcher
  • Crews are working on River Rd from V&M Motors going toward Grand Point Rd. 
  • Crews are working on the Westbank of St. James Parish from Hwy 18 going towards Donaldsonville
  • Crew will be starting from Old St. James High School 
  • Crews will be working out of Convent Substation along Hwy 3125 going toward Paulina. 
    1. Note: Some feeders are in the cane field. We will need special off-road equipment to complete restoration.

Additional Notes:

St. James Parish - Estimated Date of Restoration:  September 17

Number of outages as of 10 a.m.:  8,061 – 81% of customers remain without power  

Percentage of damage assessments complete:  100%

Area Notes: While the estimated date of restoration is September 17, we expect to begin powering critical facilities and other social infrastructure within the parish well in advance of this date.  We expect to continue this focus while we expand to residential areas and restore power to the parish.  Damage assessments have reported 781 poles broken, 700 spans of wire down and 218 damaged transformers.  Power has been restored to St. James High School, water treatment plant in Lutcher and Gramercy, Lutcher Sr. Citizens home, Noranda Aluminum, Louisiana Sugar Refinery and River Road from Veterans bridge to VNM Motors.  Lutcher Hospital was also restored.  

Energized Substations:

  • Lutcher
  • Bagatelle
  • Convent 
  • Romeville
  • Uncle Sam
  • Vacherie

 An additional 100 electrical workers in St. James Parish today, which brings totals to 350 electrical workers in the area. 

  • The current and planned initiatives are all weather permitting. 

 

September 8, 2021 9:34 AM

Planning & Permitting Department Assisting with Electric Permits for Damaged Equipment


The St. James Parish Planning and Permitting department has updates regarding electric permits for damaged equipment.
If you sustained damage to your home or business electrical and/or gas systems and want to make sure it is safe to have them reconnected by the utility provider, please call the St. James Parish Planning and Permitting Office and an inspector will be dispatched to be sure it is safe to reconnect. The inspector will be able to advise you if there is anything unsafe and help you understand what needs to be done to bring it to a safe working condition.  
If you have made repairs and the utility provider is unable to reconnect you, please contact St. James Parish Planning and Permitting Office and an inspector will be dispatched to help you identify what needs to be done to allow the utility provider to reconnect you. 
These services are being provided at no cost and are offered to ensure your safety and to expedite the reconnection process when the utility providers are in a position to turn services back on.

September 8, 2021 9:34 AM

Louisiana Federal Credit Union in Gramercy NOW OPEN


The Louisiana Federal Credit Union has begun the phase of reopening. This includes the Gramercy branch located at 1643 LA Hwy 3125, Gramercy, LA. 

The lobby and drive-up will be open until 5pm daily during the week days.

September 8, 2021 9:33 AM

Debris Removal Reminder


St. James Parish would like to remind residents to please not stack their debris near any utilities meters, AT&T boxes, or drainage ditches that could potentially damage equipment while attempting to pick up debris. This will help debris removal run safely and smoothly for all.

Please know that debris trucks will be making multiple passes daily to remove debris from your curb. 
No need to over pile where debris can fall into drainage ditches or near utilities meters.

September 8, 2021 9:32 AM

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Available to Help Residents at Both POD Locations 


Locations and Dates:

  • Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8th to Thursday, September 9th they will be at the Gramercy POD location located at Sacred Heart Church.
  • Starting Friday, September 10th to Saturday, September 11th they will be at the Vacherie POD location located at St. James High School.
  • Please know the Disaster Survivor Assistance Team will be available at various locations throughout the parish in the coming days after. 
  • Please sign up for our parish alert system to stay informed. https://buff.ly/3haOW1y

September 8, 2021 9:29 AM

Pharmacies Open: 
Gem Drugs in Gramercy: 9 am - 6 pm
Winn Dixie: 8 am - 5 pm
Tompkins: 9 am - 2 pm

September 6, 2021 3:43 PM

Entergy Update


We're beginning to see power restoration begin with small areas of the parish becoming re-energized within the last 24 hours.

 Within the next few days, we are hopeful to have the Hwy 20 area and St. James Parish Hospital re-energized. 

Crews are additionally working out of the Convent substation along 3125 towards Paulina and working from the Veteran’s Bridge on Hwy 18 towards Donaldsonville. 

Some work in St. James Parish will require specialized off-road equipment to repair lines in cane fields and other off-road areas.

There are 250 electrical workers throughout St. James Parish. 

We are hopeful with this progress and will update as soon as more information becomes available. 

September 2, 2021 7:24 PM

September 2nd - Hurricane Ida Recovery Updates


Entergy Power Outages: 

  • As of 9/2/21 Entergy confirmed all four substations feeding St. James Parish were not energized and the parish is 100% without power. However, additional crews have arrived today and this weekend to continue working to repair and replace the damaged infrastructure.
  • Over 340 transmission lines in St. James Parish will need to be replaced. 
  • While SJP can anticipate outages to continue for the next few weeks, please know Entergy is actively engaged in getting our infrastructure operational as quickly as possible.
  • Parish officials are working to provide accommodations to Entergy crews including housing in order to speed up the restoration work in St. James Parish.

  Roadways: 

  • Parish operations crews and the St. James Parish Sheriff's Office have officially cleared and opened ALL roadways in St. James Parish.

 Garbage Collection: 

  • Waste Management residential collection has been suspended. However, they have opened two public drop off locations as of this morning at 9 am. The drop off points will operate daily from 9 am - 3 pm. 
    • West Bank Reception Hall | 2455 Hwy 18, Vacherie
    • Gramercy Town Hall | 120 N. Montz Ave, Gramercy
  • At this time - parish landfills remain open to collect household trash from our residents. Daily hours are from 7 am -6 pm. 

Storm Debris Pick Up: 

  • Tentatively set to begin on Tuesday, September 7
  • Residents need to begin separating their debris and moving it to the right of way. 
  • Debris must be categorized by type in order for it to be picked up. [Normal Household Trash, Vegetative Debris, Construction and Demolition Debris, Appliances, Electronics & Household Hazardous Waste.]
  • Residents are asked to please refrain from stacking debris near AT&T Boxes, gas meters, water meters, or fire hydrants to prevent any damages when debris pick up begins. 
  • DOTD is expected to begin debris pickup on Saturday – each parish will have 5 trucks of debris removal trucks
  • DOTD has committed to making multiple passes

Blue Roof Program: 

  • St. James Parish has been approved for the blue roof program. The Army Corps of Engineers will be providing tarps and fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover damaged roofs until permanent repairs can be made. They will assistance in securing them on residents' homes. 
  • Residents may apply for the program by visiting www.blueroof.us or calling 1-888-766-3258. 

Tarps: 

  • SJP is awaiting delivery of tarps now – locations and availabilities will be sent to residents when it becomes available. 
  • Belmont lumber has a limited supply of tarps and generators. 

Shelter Operations & Human Services: 

  • Our Department of Human Resources has established a cooling station at the West Bank Reception Hall in Vacherie for mothers with infants, elderly, and those with medical special needs. 
  • For assistance with housing, sheltering or special needs, please call our case management hotline at 225-562-2304.
  • DHR is working to aid residents in need of long-term housing and medical special needs. 

Utilities: 

  • Water service has been restored parish-wide and parish infrastructure holding pressure and volume well. Both the East Bank and West Bank water plants are at full compacity.
  • Our parish operations crews have opened Pleasure Bend and are supplying them with water.
  • The whole parish is under a boil water advisory and the advisory will continue until both water plants are on full power by Entergy which is regulated by the LDH. 
  • Gas service is operational, however, with widespread usage of natural gas generators, the system is experiencing some strain especially during peak hours between 6pm-10pm. 
  • Residents are asked to conserve gas usage as much as possible.   

Citizen Service Center (225-331-8187)

  • Operating daily from 6 am to 6 pm with the exception of Saturday which will be from 8am – 4 pm. The CSC will be closed Sunday and all calls can be directed to our dispatchers at 225-562-2200. 

Crisis Clean Up: 

  • We have several volunteer groups who will be in the parish in the coming days to assist residents with cutting tree limbs, and storm clean up. 
  • The Church of Latter-Day Saints has established a Crisis Clean Up line where residents can call 844-965-1386 to place a work order for assistance. 
  • We have volunteer crews beginning deployment today to assist with parish clean up.

Oxygen Cylinder Exchange

  • Residents may call 225-562-2364 to have their Oxygen cylinder exchanged. 
  • Cylinders will be exchanged at the Emergency Operations Center located at 5153 Canatella Street, Convent 70723
  • In order to get a new cylinder residents must bring an empty one. 

Sheriff’s Office Updates: 

  • Reminder: A curfew remains in place and will be strictly enforced between the hours of 7 pm and 5 am daily. 

Town of Gramercy: 

  • Town water plants and sewer systems are running well on generator power. 
  • Town officials are coordinating with local companies for donated goods that will be distributed in the community. 

Town of Lutcher: 

  • All lift stations and water plant operating successfully on generator power 

 Open Critical Services [Fuel, Groceries, Food, Supplies, Pharmacies]

  • Matherne's Supermarket - 7am - 5pm
  • Veron's Supermarket - open at 9am
  • China King - 11am - 7pm (cash only)
  • Home Hardware Center - 7am - 3:30pm
  • Belmont Lumber - has just received a truck with gas cans and tarps
  • Golden Grove
  • Superstop - closes at 7pm (cash only)
  • Jubilee - closes at 7pm (cash only)
  • Pop-in-Go #11 vacherie - closes at 6:45pm
  • Sunshine Plaza - 24hr schedule
  • Shell in Gramercy – 6 pm 
  • Tompkins Pharmacy 9am - 2pm day by day 

Communications:

  • We understand that communications are EXTREMELY limited with cell service interruptions ongoing. Please know, St. James Parish Government is doing absolutely everything possible to get messages to residents. 
  • If you are not signed up for emergency alerts, please call our Citizen Service Center at 225-313-8187 and someone will help you to get registered. 
    • If you have internet service, please visit the home page of our website at www.stjamesla.com where a link is posted to the home page for registration. 
  • All information is posted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, the Parish website, being sent via text and being distributed via this flyer. 
  • Please know, information is being updated daily as new information becomes available. 

 

 

September 2, 2021 2:51 PM

Latest Openings in St. James Parish 


Here is the current list of businesses open for residents in need of groceries, medicine, supplies, and fuel:

  • Matherne's Supermarket - 7am - 5pm
  • Veron's Suoermarket - open at 9am
  • China King - 11am - 7pm (cash only)
  • Home Hardware Center - 7am - 3:30pm
  • Belmont Lumber - has just received a truck with gas cans and tarps
  • Golden Grove
  • Superstop - closes at 7pm (cash only)
  • Jubilee - closes at 7pm (cash only)
  • Pop-in-Go #11 - closes at 6:45pm
  • Sunshine Plaza - 24hr schedule
  • Tompkins Pharmacy 9am - 2pm day by day

September 1, 2021 9:04 PM

Modified Trash Collection & Landfill Operations


Waste Management collection services have been suspended temporarily, however, beginning tomorrow, September 2nd at 9AM, two collection sites are available for residents to drop off their household, bagged garbage. 

These sites will NOT be collecting any storm debris - household trash only. 

In addition - both SJP Landfill locations are open and operational 7 am - 6 pm daily. 

They are located at: 

West Bank: 39305 LA 3127, Vacherie, LA

East Bank: 12270 N Golden Grove Road, Gramercy, LA


WM Locations and Hours

September 1, 2021 1:31 PM

Hurricane Ida Recovery Page Established on Parish Website


Please utilize our new Recovery Page for the latest resources available to residents as we begin the recovery process from Hurricane Ida.


http://stjamesla.com/437/Hurricane-Ida-Recovery 

August 31, 2021 4:43 PM

August 31 Hurricane Ida Recovery Updates 


We'd like to provide several important updates to our residents this afternoon on our current status of Hurricane Ida recovery. 


Entergy Power Outages: 

  • Our Emergency Operations Center has been in touch with Entergy representatives today and have determined based on Entergy's damage assessments that nearly all transmission lines feeding into the parish are damaged. All four substations that feed our parish are heavily damaged as well. 
  •  We ask for your patience while we work with Entergy to get all repairs made and restore energy. With a storm of this significance which has caused this much widespread damage we can expect a power outages for upwards of several weeks. 

Roadways: 

  • Entergy has been working for the last several hours to clear and repair downed lines which have kept HWY 20 blocked in Vacherie. We anticipate this roadway to be reopened by the end of the day. 
  • Nearly all other major roadways in the parish have been reopened but residents are asked to please travel with caution as there are still many power lines down 

Garbage Collection: 

  • The Parish landfill is open and operating as normal 
  • Waste Management has suspended garbage collection for the remainder of the week due to power lines prohibiting the travel of large garbage trucks on the roadway. 
  • *Please Note: Our EOC is currently working on a solution for residential trash pickup. 

Storm Debris Pick Up: 

  • Debris Removal operations will begin later this week. Residents are asked to separate their debris by category in order to have it picked up. 
  • DOTD has activated their debris removal contract and anticipate beginning to pick up debris along state highways in St. James Parish by Friday or Saturday.

Shelter Operations: 

  •  Currently housing 28 residents in the Parish Shelter. Our Department of Human Resources is working diligently to continue assisting residents whose homes have been damaged and working to locate long-term shelter for those who need it. 

POD Sites: 

  •  Two PODS (Points of Distribution) have been established in the parish. These locations will be open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. As of now, the only items being distributed here are MRE's and Water. 
  • West Bank Location: St. James High School in Vacherie
  • East Bank Location: Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Gramercy
  • *Please note: our parish transit busses will be delivering water and MRE's to hard-hit areas where debris has prevented residents from traveling to the POD site. 

Citizen Service Center: 

  • Operating daily from 6 am to 6 pm.
  • Please call 225-331-8187 for assistance or information. 

Parish Council Meeting: 

  • September 1, 2021 Council Meeting Cancelled
  • Due to ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Ida, the regularly scheduled parish council meeting has been postponed until a later date.

Crisis Clean Up: 

  •  We have several volunteer groups who will be in the parish in the coming days to assist residents with cutting tree limbs, and storm clean up.
  •  The Church of Latter Day Saints has established a Crisis Clean Up line where residents can call 844-965-1386 to place a work order for assistance.

August 31, 2021 11:18 AM

Parish Council Meeting Cancelled for Wednesday, September 1st, 2021


Due to the ongoing state of emergency in St. James Parish and the impacts of Hurricane Ida, the St. James Parish Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 1st has been postponed until a later date. 


August 31, 2021 10:54 AM

Road Closures & Openings as of 11 am 8/31/2021


WEST BANK

HWY 18, HWY 3219, AND HWY 3127 OPEN ALL THE WAY THROUGH.

HWY 20 FROM DJ’S GRILL CLOSED TO HWY 643.

HWY 643 AT TRI-CORNER CLOSED

HWY 644 PASSABLE

HWY 3213 TO HWY 3127 OPEN

 EAST BANK

 HWY 641 TO INTERSTATE OPEN

HWY 641 TO HWY 3213 OPEN

HWY 44 TO COURT HOUSE OPEN / PASSABLE

AIRLINE AVE. OPEN ALL THE WAY

HWY 3125 TO HWY 642 OPEN

US 61 OPEN ALL THE WAY

HWY 3125 NORTH OF HWY 642 TO HWY 70 CLOSED

HWY 44 TO HWY 3214 PASSABLE

HWY 44 NORTH OF HWY 3214 CLOSED TO HWY 70

 

INTERSTATE OPEN ALL THE WAY THROUGH



August 31, 2021 9:56 AM

Debris Removal to Begin in St. James Parish


St. James Parish Emergency Preparedness has activated the parish debris contract and anticipate debris pick up to begin later this week. It is extremely important for residents to separate debris accordingly in order to have it picked up by contractors. Please see the graphic below identifying categories and types. 

Debris Pickup Header

August 31, 2021 9:43 AM

Clerk of Court Closures & Announcements


St. James Parish Clerk of Court Shane LeBlanc has announced changes to the court schedule due to Hurricane Ida.

  • Grand Jury scheduled for September 7th has been postponed until further notice. You will be notified of a future date. 
  • The Petit Jury for September 8th with Judge Cody Martin has been cancelled. 

August 31, 2021 9:27 AM


pods📢 EMERGENCY DISTRIBUTION SITES IN ST. JAMES PARISH WILL OPEN TODAY 📢 

Two PODS (points of distribution) will be open in St. James Parish beginning today, August 31st at 1 PM.

West Bank Location: St. James High School

East Bank Location: Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church

 ◾️ No supplies  will be distributed prior to 1 pm today.

 ◾️ ONLY water and MRE's will be distributed. No additional supplies are available at this point in time.

◾️ Beginning Wednesday, September 1 POD sites will be open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.   **Please share this post to ensure our residents know exactly what will be available at the POD.**

August 30, 2021 9:11 AM

Road Closures (1)

As emergency responders continue to assess damages, identify closed roads, downed trees and downed power lines it is important that residents DO NOT attempt to travel at this time. 
Please remain sheltering in your homes, assess the damages around your home and turn off your water to prevent further damages to the water system. 
The majority of roadways in St. James Parish are impassible with dangerous lines or trees down. 
Again, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL AT THIS TIME. PLEASE REMAIN OFF OF THE LEVEES


August 30, 2021 9:09 AM

PARISH WIDE WATER OUTAGE AND BOIL WATER ADVISORY


PARISH WIDE BOIL WATER ADVISORY 
Monday, August 30, 2021 – The St. James Parish Utilities Department (St. James #1 and St. James #2) has issued a Boil Water Advisory for the entire parish due to loss of pressure in the distribution system caused by damages from Hurricane Ida. 
It is recommended that all water customers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means: Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container. 
The one-minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.) 
The water system will rescind this boil advisory upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health that water samples collected from our water supply system have shown our water to be safe.

August 29, 2021 4:39 PM

unsafe travel

⚠️ UNSAFE TRAVEL CONDITIONS PARISH-WIDE ⚠️
It is now unsafe for residents, public safety and emergency response vehicles outside and on roadways. Ida's winds have only just begun for our area and will last for upwards of the next 6-8 hours. 
We are getting numerous reports of trees down and across roadways. We ask that if you have trees or power lines down near your home or place of shelter, please call our Citizen Service Center and call 225-331-8187 to report.
Please understand - emergency services will be unable to respond until conditions allow and winds decrease. We ask that you remain in your shelter location for the remainder of the storm. 

August 29, 2021 4:33 PM

CALL CENTER OUTAGE

The Citizen Service Center is experiencing an outage from RTC which has caused our regular phone line to go down. While we work with RTC to repair the issue, we have established a secondary line in the meantime which will still allow for residents to reach our Call Center representatives directly. 


The new phone line is 225-331-8187

August 29, 2021 3:10 PM

Parish-wide Curfew in Place at 4 PM:

curfew


Parish President Dufresne and Sheriff Willy Martin have issued a parish-wide curfew beginning at 4:00 PM, Sunday, August 29th and continuing through sunup tomorrow morning. This curfew will not impact those traveling to or from work.

 Residents are asked to remain off of roadways and to continue sheltering where you are in order to remain safe as Hurricane Ida continues to move further inland and high winds begin to impact our area.

 Emergency responders and deputies will seek shelter very soon and respond to emergencies as conditions allow.

 President Dufresne noted, "We ask that our residents allow our first responders to do their jobs, heed all warnings, and remain off of roadways until conditions improve."

 

August 29, 2021 7:11 AM

Sunday Morning Update

7 AM HURRICANE IDA UPDATE: 


  •  Ida is now a category 4 hurricane with winds of 145 mph. 
  • Storm surge values have been adjusted upward from Port Fourchon to Bay St. Louis including a 4-6 ft surge for Lake Maurepas. 
  • Forecast rainfall amounts have increased and could be in excess of 24" in isolated areas, depending on where bands set up. Our area can expect to see anywhere between 10-20 inches of rain. 
  •  Hurricane Ida is approaching the southeast Louisiana coast, with landfall expected expected this afternoon.
  • Tropical storm force conditions in outer bands are already occurring along the coast and are pushing inland. 
  • By 10 am today - residents need to be in your shelter location and plan to stay there until the storm has passed. The highest winds will affect our area between 8 pm - midnight tonight, however, tropical storm force winds will arrive as early as 8-9 am.


August 28, 2021 5:36 PM

August 28, 2021 5:07 PM

Hurricane Ida Sit Rep 2 (1)

August 28, 2021 4:37 PM

The St. James Parish Sheriff's Office has put together a preliminary list of business closures and those that remain open. We will update as we receive new information.

East Bank:

  • Grand point Grand- Closing at 5pm
  • Dollar general Paulina- closes at 4pm
  • Matherne’s- open till 9pm
  • Family dollar stores in southeast closed at 1pm
  • Verons- closed at 1 pm
  • Gramercy Dollar General on Main Street- closed at 1 pm until event over
  • Valero Gramercy Main Street- no plans to close at this time
  • Winn-dixie - no plans to close yet 
  • Big River Food & Fuel– no plans to close as of now
  • Mcdonald’s - no plans to close as of now
  •  Taylor’s- will remain open until fuel levels are depleted
  •  Golden grove-will be open with a employee on site
  •  Sunshine Plaza – no plans to close
  •  Superstop- no plans to close 
  •  Popingo #11 - not closed at this time
  •  Popingo #1 & Marcello Shell - not closed at this time 

West Bank:

  • Wag a pak (jubilee) - closing at 8 pm. 
  •  Wag a pak (644) - closing at 9pm
  • Quick & easy - closing at 9 pm

August 28, 2021 6:59 AM

President Dufresne provides updates to Hurricane Ida| 1:30 PM 8/27/21



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmAk46u9_qo
August 28, 2021 6:58 AM

Sandbag Locations: 

Sandbags Update

August 27, 2021 11:02 AM

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August 27, 2021 10:47 AM

St. James Parish Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Tropical Storm Ida


 Convent, LA - St. James Parish President Pete Dufresne has declared a State of Emergency for St. James Parish as preparations begin for Tropical Storm Ida.

The National Hurricane Center has forecast the storm to strengthen to a major hurricane at landfall with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour possible. St. James Parish residents will begin to experience the impacts of this system as early as Sunday morning.

 Officials anticipate downed trees and power lines as a result of Hurricane force winds and the high probability of tornadoes. The parish can expect heavy rainfall and storm surge impacts including, a 3-5 feet storm surge potential in Lake Maurepas. Parish officials have staged equipment and personnel to provide debris clearing as soon as conditions allow following the storm. In addition, crews have begun canvassing all major drainage infrastructure ensuring waterways are clear of obstruction.

 Pre-storm preparations have begun parish-wide including making sand and bags available at the locations listed below. Residents are asked to bring a shovel to fill bags and to help elderly or disabled neighbors.

 East Bank Locations include the Grand Point Fire Station, Admirals Landing, Longview Street, and Ricky Lane. West Bank Locations include the South Vacherie Fire Training Center and the Kingview Fire Station.

 The Parish emergency shelter at Lutcher High School will be open for residents beginning at 7 am Sunday, August 29. Residents are asked to bring with them a 3-5 day supply of food, water, medication, hygiene products and bedding. Anyone in need of assistance with transportation to the shelter, please call the Citizen Service Center at 225-562-2500. The Shelter will operate in compliance with Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines.

 The Parish Citizen Service Center will operate with extended hours throughout the duration of the weather event. Hours Friday, August 27 will be extended through 4:30 pm. On Saturday, August 28, the center will operate between 8 am – 4 pm. Sunday, August 29, the Citizen Service Center will operate for 24 hours.

 Parish Government Offices will be closed, Monday, August 30 in anticipation of storm recovery. However, the Parish Emergency Operations Center will remain staffed throughout the weekend and Monday. Parish Government essential employees remain on call and ready to deploy as directed for storm response and recovery.

 More information and the latest updates can be found on the home page of the parish website at www.stjamesla.com. Parish President Pete Dufresne will provide an update to residents via Facebook Live at 1:30 pm, Friday, August 27.

For more information, or interviews please call 225-264-3309.

http://stjamesla.com/DocumentCenter/View/1060/State-of-Emergency-Declared-Ahead-of-Tropical-Storm-Ida