Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Post-Isaac disaster assistance available.

Even though St. Charles Parish was not pre-approved for the following disaster assistance immediately following Isaac, the parish has now been qualified for the below programs. Please call the numbers or visit the links provided for more information.

Updated 9:20 a.m. Sept. 10

FEMA INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE: If you are a resident interested in registering for IA, call 1-800-621-3362 or register online at www.disasterassistance.gov. Please note that residents MUST notify their insurance companies of any property damages prior to obtaining IA. Please have the following information available when you call: A phone number where FEMA can reach you; social security number; current mailing address; address of the affected property; brief description of the damages; insurance information including policy number. FEMA teams beginning Thursday (Sept. 6) will be going door-to-door throughout the parish assessing needs for assistance and giving out information on how to register. Team members will be wearing blue FEMA shirts and photo identification with the FEMA logo.

DISASTER FOOD STAMPS (DSNAP): St. Charles Parish residents may pre-apply for disaster food stamps by calling 1-888-524-3578 or visiting dss.louisiana.gov. A DSNAP site will open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. beginning Sept. 9 at Mount Airy Baptist Church in Boutte. A shuttle service will transport residents to the site from the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling. Shuttle service will run continuously each day until it is determined that no new applicants can be served before 6 p.m.
The alphabet schedule is as follows:
  • Sept. 9 - S through Z;
  • Sept. 10 - A through C;
  • Sept. 11 - D through G;
  • Sept. 12 - H through L;
  • Sept. 13 - M through R;
  • Sept. 14 - All applicants unable to make prior scheduled day;
  • Sept. 15 - All applicants unable to make prior scheduled day.
Beginning Monday (Sept. 10), when most facilities will serve all applicants who have previously been unable to visit a site, applicants will need to only visit the site in their parish.

For more detailed information on income requirements, click here.

For more detailed information on pre-applying, click here.

Disabled and elderly individuals can drive up to or be dropped off at the site to be serviced. Staff try to see these applicants as quickly as possible. These applicants are also being helped onto shuttles at the West Bank Bridge Park. Another option is for the individual to name an authorized representative to make their application and be interviewed for them. In order to do that, the household would need to sign a statement authorizing another person to make an application for them and send a copy of their picture ID. The authorized representative would need to give the statement, the head of household's ID and their ID when they go to the site. They would need to be prepared to answer questions regarding the household's situation.

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE: People in St. Charles Parish whose jobs have been lost or interrupted as a direct result of Hurricane Isaac in parishes approved for FEMA’s individual disaster assistance are eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Anyone who has not returned to work as of Sept. 8, 2012 can apply. The deadline to apply is Oct. 2, 2012. To apply visit www.laworks.net or call 866-783-5567.

DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER: A state/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) has opened in St. Charles Parish to assist homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage to their home or personal property as a result of Hurricane Isaac.
Specialists from the state of Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

The DRC is located at:
Village Square Shopping Center
737 Paul Maillard Rd., Suite A
Luling, LA 70070
8 a.m. until 6 p.m. until further notice

This brings to 10 the number of centers that are operating. More recovery centers will open as sites are identified and approved. For a list of open centers in Louisiana go online to www.fema.gov/disaster/4080.

Applying for disaster assistance is quick and simple. Individuals can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

SBA offers federal low-interest disaster loans to residents and businesses. After registering with FEMA, visit any Disaster Recovery Center where SBA representatives will answer questions, explain the application process and help each resident or business owner apply to SBA. For SBA information or to apply online, visit www.sba.gov or call 1-800-659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 1-800-877-8339.

PRIVATE PROPERTY DAMAGE: St. Charles Parish is collecting data regarding Hurricane Isaac debris located on private property which poses an immediate threat to life, public health and/or safety or may impact utility services for personal or business use. Please report these cases to St. Charles Parish EOC at (985) 783-5050.

BUILDING PERMITS: Permits are required for the repair of storm-related damages to structures, including roof repairs. The St. Charles Parish Council has waived all permit fees and some plan review and inspection fees relating to hurricane repairs. Damage to home or business electrical service requires permits and inspections prior to reconnection.
For those whose electrical panel or meter box has separated from their homes, an electrician is required to do the work. Inspections may be scheduled by calling (985) 655-1070. Inspection fees have been waived. Please keep in mind that insurance companies frequently require proof of compliance with building codes for release of funds. For more information please call the Department of Planning and Zoning at (985) 783-5060.

GARBAGE PICKUP: Regular residential garbage pickup has resumed as of Aug. 31. This is for cans and bagged items ONLY. Please note that pickup is running behind due to long waits at the landfill, but crews should be covering any missed addresses the following day. Garbage issues may be addressed to (985) 331-8604 or by filling out the form at stcharlesparish-la.gov under 'I Want To…' >> 'Report.'

DEBRIS PICKUP: Debris pickup is ongoing. The process is estimated to take 4 to 6 weeks due to the amount of debris and estimated wait time at the landfill. This is for storm-related tree limbs, vegetation and white goods. DO NOT bag tree limbs or large vegetative debris. Remember not to block fire hydrants, water meters, gas meters, cable or phone pedestals or drainage infrastructure. Separate all types of debris (vegetative, construction and demolition, white goods, etc.) as each is handled differently. Vegetative debris will be removed FIRST. Residents should place small bagged items (leaves, spoiled food, etc.) in their garbage cans for faster removal through regular garbage collection. Do not mix household garbage and debris. For example, don't add tree branches to your garbage can on top of garbage bags, and do not place piles of debris around garbage cans to where the debris would have to be moved to get to the can.

Please place all debris at your curb. Please do not place debris on neutral grounds. The contractor cannot enter private property to pick up debris. Those living on state highways that are able to place debris along a parish street are encouraged to do so. The parish is NOT legally allowed to pick up debris on state highway rights-of-way. (This is important especially on Highways 306 in Bayou Gauche and Old Spanish Trail in Boutte and Paradis.)

NOTICES:
  • Please call 1-800-ENTERGY or 1-800-9-OUTAGE for information on or to report power outages.
  • All private nonprofits with damages as a result of Isaac that have been registered with the Secretary of State’s Office and are 501C3s should call (985) 783-5050.
  • Due to damage and debris, all parish parks will be CLOSED until further notice.
  • Please remove plywood window coverings as soon as possible to allow rescue and/or retreat in case of fire at your residence.
  • Please note is is ILLEGAL to burn debris piles.
Please stay tuned to local media, Cox Cable Channel 6 in St. Charles Parish, www.stcharlesparish-la.gov, 1-888-SCP-9EOC or 1370 AM in St. Charles Parish for further announcements. The parish's social media sites will be updated continuously at www.facebook.com/stcharlesgov and www.twitter.com/stcharlesgov. To sign up for emergency text messages and e-mails, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov and click on 'Emergency Alert System' on the left side of the page as well as 'E-Newsletters' at the top of the page.

Any questions may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day.
PHONE NUMBERS:
LA State Police: 1-800-469-4828
FEMA: 1-800-621-FEMA
Red Cross: 1-866-GET-INFO or 985-785-0647
VIA Link Assistance Hotline: 211
St. Charles Parish Hospital: 985-785-6242
St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services: 985-764-7944
United Way of St. Charles: 985-331-9063
Contract Monitor (garbage and debris): 985-331-8604
Atmos Energy: 1-888-286-6700
Cox Communications: 504-304-8444



Monday, September 3, 2012

Schools Information

Classes will resume for all St. Charles Parish Public School students Sept. 4. This includes all kindergarten and pre-school students. The late take-in day scheduled on Sept. 5 for middle and high school students is cancelled. There may be some streets that are still impassable due to high water. Transportation will make every effort to ensure all students are picked up at a safe location. If your street has standing water, please arrange to bring your child to higher ground on his or her bus route.

FEMA assistance, mosquito control, garbage pickup, etc.

St. Charles Parish officials have just verified with FEMA that residents can register for disaster assistance prior to the parish obtaining authorization for Individual Assistance (IA). If you are a resident interested in registering for IA, call 1-800-621-3362 or register online at www.disasterassistance.gov. Please note that residents MUST notify their insurance companies of any property damages prior to obtaining IA. In the event St. Charles Parish becomes eligible for IA, those residents that have already registered for disaster assistance will not need to register again.

FEMA now has temporary housing assistance available for St. Charles Parish residents on a case-by-case basis. Call 1-800-621-3362 to apply.

Reminder that pre-application for Disaster Food Stamps can be completed at www.dcfs.la.gov/preapply or calling 1-888-LA-HELPU.

Residential garbage pickup in Willowridge (Luling) will take place tomorrow morning. It had been previously delayed due to street flooding. Areas in Montz were serviced Saturday with the exception of areas with flooded streets.

Mosquito Control has completed its first post-Isaac heavy spraying of the parish and will begin its second pass today.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Schools update.

According to parish government, Entergy has indicated that several areas, including some of our schools, remain without power. The school system is actively working to make the necessary repairs to our facilities in preparation for reopening our schools. At this time, a decision about school reopening has NOT been made. A message will be sent to parents and employees regarding school reopening at approximately 3 p.m. on Monday. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Power Status in St. Charles Parish

PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE CLOSED THIS LIST. These areas have reported power as of Aug. 31 by comments from residents. Please note this may not be a complete list and results may vary. 

DESTREHAN
  • Rosedale Drive
  • Brandon Hall
  • Ormond Boulevard on the corner of Linwood
  • River Road and Schexnaydre Lane
  • Canal side of Dunleith between Linwood and Magnolia
  • Arlington Drive (parts)
  • South Destrehan Drive
  • Murray Hill Drive
  • Longview Drive
  • Red Church subdivision
  • Maywood Drive
  • Nottaway Drive
  • Panther Run
  • Old Red Church
  • Carolyn Drive (front section)
  • Ormond Boulevard (parts)
  • Destrehan Drive
  • Ormond Plantation Apartments
  • Oakley Drive
  • Riverbriar Court
  • San Francisco Drive
  • Longwood Drive
  • South Destrehan Drive
  • Carriage Lane
  • Houmas Place, even numbers
  • Elmwood Drive (parts)
  • Evergreen Drive
  • Rosedown Drive
  • 200 block of Longview Drive
  • Madewood Drive to Longview Drive
  • Edgewood Drive (parts)
  • Bocage Drive
  • Ormond Village 
  • Riverpoint
  • River Village
BAYOU GAUCHE
  • Bayou Estates South
  • Matherne Drive
  • Pleasant Valley Drive
  • Sunshine Drive
LULING
  • Barton Avenue (parts)
  • Ivy Court
  • 200 Block of Post Drive
  • Evelyn Drive
  • 200 Block of St. John Street
  • 100 block of Gassen (possibly whole street)
  • North Lake Drive
  • Allison Drive 
  • Braden Drive
  • Hawthorne Drive
  • Davis Drive
  • 400 block of Oak Lane
  • 200 block of St. Nicholas Street
  • 100 block of Oak Lane
  • West Heather Drive
  • Lakewood Drive
  • Apple Court (parts)
  • Kellogg Drive
  • Ashton Plantation
  • Loupe Street
  • Elderberry Drive
  • Wanda Street
  • Primrose Drive from address 1105 and up
  • Wade Street (parts)
  • Even numbered houses in first block of Beaupre Drive
  • 900 block of Kinler Street
  • Gardenia Court, Luling
  • Lancealot Square Apartments
  • 300 block of Oak Lane
  • Lake Catherine Drive
  • Talbot Lane
  • Ristroph Street
  • Primrose Estates
  • Milling Avenue
  • Willowridge Drive
  • Milling Avenue
  • Elm Place
  • Arlington Drive
  • 600 block of Willowdale Boulevard
  • Cottage Drive
  • Bradwall Street
  • Valencia Drive
  • Magnolia Drive
  • Sewanee Drive
  • Savanna Drive
  • Albania Drive and East Heather
  • Dogwood Drive
BOUTTE
  • Schmill Street
  • Montpelier Drive
  • Faith Place
  • Melonie Drive
  • Zachary Drive
  • River Ridge Drive
  • Magnolia Ridge
  • Folse Road
PARADIS
  • 400 block of Early Street
  • Early Street
  • Old Spanish Trail West of 306
  • Fonda Street
  • Wisner Street
  • Two blocks of Lafaille Street in Paradis
  • Bergeron Lane
  • Wisner Street
  • Estay Lane
  • Audubon Street
  • Wisner Street
  • Peter Street
NORCO
  • 500 block of West Pine
  • 500 block of Alleman Street
  • 500 block of Giacomo Street
  • 200 block of Barreca Street
  • 500 block of Barreca Street
  • Pine Street
  • 500 block of Clayton Drive
  • 200 block of Mary Street
  • Oak Street
  • St. Charles Street
  • Mistletoe Drive
  • Fourth Street
  • 600 block of Payne Street
  • 200 block of Clayton Drive
  • Wild Rose Drive
  • 100 block of West B Street
  • Barreca Street
  • 500 block of Clayton Drive
  • 600 block of West B Street
  • 400 block of St. Charles Place
HAHNVILLE
  • Shaw Street
  • Phases I, II and III of Fashion Plantation subdivision
  • Courthouse Lane
  • Trailsway Drive
  • Pioneer Drive
  • King Street
  • Avalon subdivision
  • Nicole Lane
  • St. Charles Street
  • Maple Street
  • River Road near River Park Drive
  • Elm Street
  • Plantation Road and Lowe Street
  • Avalon
  • Nicholas Street, Hahnville
  • River Park Drive, Hahnville
NEW SARPY
  • West Hoover
  • Terrace Drive
DES ALLEMANDS
  • Shamrock Drive
  • Edna Drive
  • Rogers Lane and Des Allemands business district
  • Highway 631 
ST. ROSE
  • Oaklawn Ridge
  • Highland Subdivision
  • Riverbend Estates
  • Charlestowne
  • Fairfield
  • Near IMTT Field
  • Riverview Drive

Garbage service update.

Regular garbage service will resume Friday, Aug. 31. This is for cans and items in bags ONLY. Please note this is NOT for debris pickup. Debris pickup will be done separately next week.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rumor control.

WILLOWDALE 'LEVEE OVERTOPPING': The berm levee surrounding Luling's Willowdale subdivision has been rumored to be overtopping. While the marsh to the south of the subdivision is holding higher than normal water, the berm levee has not overtopped. Public Works is monitoring the situation closely and is initiating flood fighting measures to protect homes in the area.

RE-EVACUATION: The parish has not called for any additional evacuations. The parish remains under the original mandatory evacuation order called at 6 p.m. Sunday.

ST. ROSE 'FLOOD GATES': We have been asked about 'flood gates' being opened in Destrehan to 'relieve pressure.' Apparently this rumor refers to the sandbags placed across Airline Highway at the St. Charles / Jefferson Parish line. There is no flood threat on either side of the sandbags, and no plans that we are aware of to remove the bags until after the storm threat passes.