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The latest recovery updates from St. James Parish Government on Hurricane Ida
Residents are encourage to visit the DRC to meet face-to-face with FEMA representatives for assistance with claims or available resources.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 225-331-8187. Be sure to include your Name, Address, Phone Number and Work Needed in the email.
Permits REQUIRED for:
Permits are NOT required for:
*Permit fees related to Hurricane Ida are waived.*
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
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
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.
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
Plans of Action for St. James Parish 09/10/2021
St. James Parish has a total of 350 electrical workers in the area and we will be getting more in the area
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.
Rain was in the area yesterday and slowed down progress a little bit.
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.
An additional 100 electrical workers in St. James Parish today, which brings totals to 350 electrical workers in the area.
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.
Entergy Power Outages:
Storm Debris Pick Up:
Blue Roof Program:
Shelter Operations & Human Services:
Citizen Service Center (225-331-8187)
Crisis Clean Up:
Oxygen Cylinder Exchange
Sheriff’s Office Updates:
Town of Gramercy:
Town of Lutcher:
Open Critical Services [Fuel, Groceries, Food, Supplies, Pharmacies]
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
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
📢 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.**
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."
President Dufresne provides updates to Hurricane Ida| 1:30 PM 8/27/21
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.