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MOBILE DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER OPENING MONDAY IN ST. MARTIN PARISH 

(St. Martinville, La.)-FEMA will be opening a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in St. Martin Parish on Monday, October 6, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. for those who suffered hurricane damage.  The DRC will be open from 9:00am – 6:00 p.m. for five days or until further notice at the following location:

      St. Martin Fire Training Facility

     1035 A Ruth Bridge Hwy

     Breaux Bridge, LA  70517

Residents of Lower St. Martin (Stephensville & Belle River) can visit the DRC located at the Amelia Park.  The DRC will be open from 9:00am – 6:00pm (except on Sundays), until further notice.

     1109 Lake Palourd Bypass Road, Amelia, LA 70340.

Residents are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting the DRC. There are two ways to register:

1.      Log on to www.fema.gov; or

2.      Call FEMA's toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until further notice.   

Residents must register for Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike separately.

In order to expedite the process, residents should have the following proper identification with them when they visit the DRC;  Social security number, insurance information, proof of address and contact numbers.

 

Iberia:

A message from Iberia Parish President Ernest Freyou:

Iberia Parish is in the process of negotiating with the State to provide a Disaster Recovery Center for Individual Assistance in the Parish.  We anticipate that we will hear something soon.  Our Public Works crews have been out in full source clearing roadways and picking up construction debris.  The vegetative debris pick-up in the Parish began on Tuesday which has been contracted out to DRC Emergency Services (they will be using local contractors in this operation).   The pick-up includes Jeanerette, Delcambre and Loreauville (excluding City of New Iberia who has their own contract).  Areas prone to severe flooding are being concentrated on at this time.  The pick-up will take several weeks and I ask that everyone be patient. Residents are requested to separate their debris and put it as close to the road as possible, without obstructing traffic.  Debris MUST be separated as follows: vegetative debris (trees, limbs, leaves) in one pile, construction debris (building material, roof shingles, metal, tin) in another pile and white goods (refrigerators, freezers,etc) in another pile.  PLEASE DO NOT MIX DEBRIS AND DO NOT BAG LEAVES. The vegetative debris is being disposed of at M.A. Patout & Son Sugar Mill where they will use it to produce fuel.  No vegetative waste will go into a landfill.

I would like to remind residents that Professional Tree Service companies are responsible for hauling off the debris that they cut (FEMA WILL NOT REIMBURSE FOR TREES CUT DOWN BY A PAID PROFESSIONAL TREE SERVICE).  Please make sure that the company that you hire is licensed and insured.

The Emergency Food Stamp Program Office opened today at West End Park and will operate from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.  There were over 3000 individuals that showed up to apply.  Please ask everyone to be patient and courteous to each other and the DSS employees who are doing their best to take as many applications as they can.

WASTE MANAGEMENT TO RESUME HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE COLLECTION IN IBERIA PARISH THURSDAY, SEPT. 4.

LAFAYETTE, La. – Sept. 3, 2008 – Based on discussions with parish officials and according to the company’s operation response plan, Waste Management will resume household garbage and trash collection in Iberia Parish on Thursday, Sept. 4, following Hurricane Gustav.

Collection will resume according to the standard weekly collection schedule. Because of impassable streets in some areas and the expected heavy volume of household garbage, some routes may not be completed on the designated day. In those cases, Waste Management will collect any remaining household garbage from the previous day, starting the following morning.

According to Rene Faucheux, municipal and community affairs manager for Waste Management of Louisiana, the company is working around the clock to return collection trucks to neighborhoods and streets that can be navigated safely. “Waste Management implemented its standard hurricane response plan as soon as this storm became a threat to this area. Our employees evacuated safely and our equipment was staged in a designated location, allowing us to begin restoration efforts as soon as the storm passed. We will restart curbside garbage and trash collection immediately on the streets that are passable. We will expand our routes to additional areas as more streets become clear of debris and other hazards,” said Faucheux.

Enormous volumes of household garbage resulting from this major storm must be disposed of safely and efficiently. Residents need to be informed of the distinction between the household garbage that Waste Management will collect and storm-related debris.

“Waste Management is collecting household garbage, such as food refuse, diapers, newspapers and other waste produced during the week, according to the agreements with the parishes and municipalities we serve. Waste Management is not collecting storm debris, which includes rugs, furniture, sheet rock, wood fencing, tree limbs, bags of clothing, refrigerators, household appliances and roofing materials,” said Faucheux.

CONSUMER INFORMATION – SEPARATING HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE AND STORM DEBRIS

As families return to the areas affected by Hurricane Gustav. Waste Management strongly recommends that all residential customers separate their household garbage, such as food, diapers and regular household waste, from debris created by the storms and their aftermath. We ask that customers bag their household garbage and place it at the curb. Storm debris, including refrigerators, household appliances, bags of clothing, tree limbs, carpet and carpet padding, and wood fencing, should be placed in a separate pile or piles.

 Separating household waste from storm debris will allow Waste Management employees to collect your household garbage more quickly and safely, helping prevent foul odors and safety hazards that would be created by mixing your household garbage with storm debris. The separation is also necessary to allow Waste Management to collect household waste and to permit others to collect storm debris in accordance with arrangements made by Iberia Parish with contractors independent from Waste Management.

Re-Entry into Iberia Parish STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

  • New Iberia

Allied Waste will begin Solid Waste Pick-up on Wednesday. All residents should bring solid waste carts to curb on Wednesday. Please keep carts away from utility polls and debris. Saturday pick-up will be Monday and Tuesday residents. Monday they are scheduled to be back on their normal schedule.

Yard debris will CONTINUE being picked up curbside on Sunday. Please separate from construction debris and white goods.

  • Jeanerette

While the water plant is up and running, residents are still being asked to conserve while sewerage lift station is still not functioning due to power. Please avoid flushing toilets anymore than you must.

Born to be Wild Wildlife Rescue 365 7239, 1712 Jules (Behind Belaire sub)

St. Martin:

EMERGENCY FOOD STAMP DISTRIBUTION SITE IN ST. MARTINVILLE WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAY-WILL RESUME ON MONDAY AT 8:00 A.M.
(St. Martinville, La.)-The Department of Social Services announced at 7:25 p.m. this
evening that the Food Stamp Distribution Site at Magnolia Park, 100 Northside Park,
St Martinville, La. will not be open on Sunday, September 14th, 2008.   The
Distribution Site will reopen on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 8:00 a.m.

Three Point of Distribution Sites (PODS) in St Martin Parish are closing today, Sunday, September 7, 2008. The locations closing are: Magnolia Park, 100 Northside Dr, St Martinville, LA; Henderson Town Park, 1015 Park Rd, Henderson, LA; and Stephensville POD in Stephensville, LA. The only POD side that will remain open will be at the Belle River Fire Department, 1207-A Hwy 70, Pierre Part, LA which is in Lower St Martin Parish. That site will operate from 8:30 AM until 6:30 PM until further notice. Ice, water and MRE’s will continue to be made available for the Residents of Lower St Martin Parish due to the extended power outage in that area. These commodities will be provided to the Belle River and Stephensville residents until supplies last.

Operation Blue Roof to Start in St Martin Parish

St. Martin Parish Officials and the US Army Corps of Engineers want to announce that Operation BLUE ROOF will begin in St Martin Parish Sunday, September 7. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will have their Right of Entry Collection Sight at the Parks Fire Department, 1011 Martin Street, Parks, LA 70582 to begin taking applications and completing Right of Entry (ROE) Forms for the program.

St Martin Parish residents will be able to go to the Parks Fire Dept to file applications for assistance in receiving temporary roof repairs at no charge to the owner. The hours of operation will be 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM daily until further notice.

A site is in the process of being set up for residents of Lower St Martin in the Belle River and Stephensville areas. When plans are finalized the location and times of that site will be announced.

Here are some facts about Operation BLUE ROOF:

  • To qualify for BLUE ROOF services, damage to the roof must be less than 50 percent and the area to be covered must be structurally sound for a crew to work on. The roof must be free of debris.

  • In order to have plastic sheeting placed on their roofs, homeowners must complete a right of entry form to allow government and contractor employees on their property. Right of Entry (ROE) centers are manned by Corps of Engineers employees.

  • The Corps is covering roofs in the hardest hit parishes first. Be patient. The Corps will respond to every person who has completed a ROE as rapidly as possible.

  • In some instances, there may be a slowdown in installing plastic sheeting because of a national shortage.

  • Homeowners can also cover their roof with free tarps provided by FEMA and issued through their local governments.

  • The plastic covering and the tarps are temporary fixes designed to provide protection from the elements until the homeowner can make permanent repairs with a qualified professional.

  • Residents may call 1-888-766-3258 for more information.

The BLUE ROOF program is provided by FEMA through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in all parishes that have been declared by FEMA for the Individual Assistance program. St Martin Parish has been declared for this program. The FEMA-assigned “blue-roof” mission provides temporary roof repairs to help families return to the daily routine and homes.

ST. MARTIN PARISH ROAD UPDATE-BOIL ORDER LIFTED FOR STEPHENSVILLE-NEW DISTRIBUTION HOURS LISTED FOR ST. MARTINVILLE DISTRIBUTION SITE
 

(St. Martinville, La.)-All Parish roads in St. Martin Parish are now open.  The Boil
Order that was issued for Stephensville has been lifted. 

UPDATED ADVISORY TO Breaux Bridge RESIDENTS REGARDING WATER USAGE Update 9-8-08-Joseph Guidry with the City of Breaux Bridge reports that the “Boil Water Order” for the Breaux Bridge Water System is lifted. Customers are no longer required to boil their water.

CATAHOULA WATER BACK ON LINE-The water in Catahoula is back on line.  Because the water system lost pressure, a boil water order has been issued.  Residents should boil water before using it to cook or drink.

Boil water for one full minute in a clean container. The one minute boil time begins after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or pouring it from one container to another.);
If the water is clear, mix 1/8 teaspoon of unscented, liquid chlorine laundry bleach with one gallon of water and let it stand for at least 30 minutes prior to consumption;
If the water is cloudy or colored, use 1/4 teaspoon per gallon of water. Be sure to mix thoroughly. If treated water has too strong a chlorine taste, it can be made more palatable by allowing the water to stand exposed to the air for a few hours or by pouring it from one clean container to another several times.

Power has been restored to approximately 50% of Lower St Martin Parish; mostly in the Stephensville area. Landry Lane and Four Mile Bayou Road area remain without power in that area. The Belle River area of Lower St Martin remains without power. With Morgan City water going back online, water has been restored in the Stephensville area, however a Boil Water Advisory has been issued for residents on that water system. For more information on the Boil Water Advisory go to www.cityofmc.com .

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT PHONE LINE UP AND RUNNING
CURFEW HAS BEEN LIFTED

 
(St. Martinville, La.) St. Martin Parish Officials have established the following
phone number for residents of St. Martin Parish to call regarding damages to their
property, it is as follows:  (337) 394-2811.  We are asking residents to call this
number to report any structural damages related to the storm.  In addition, the
curfew for St. Martin Parish was lifted at 6:00 a.m. this morning.

 

St. Mary Parish:

Location changes for Emergency Food Stamp Applications:
●        Franklin Recreation Center in Franklin temporarily closing due
to pre-scheduled event on Thursday, September 18 and will reopen on
Monday, September 22
●        Broussard-Harris Recreation Center located at 500 4th St. in
Franklin will be open to St. Mary residents beginning Friday, September
19 through Sunday, September 21

 

Operation Blue Roof to Start in St Mary Parish

St. Mary Parish Officials and the US Army Corps of Engineers want to announce that Operation BLUE ROOF will begin in St Mary Parish Sunday, September 7. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will have their Right of Entry Collection Sight at the City Recreation Center, Hospital Ave. Franklin 70538 to begin taking applications and completing Right of Entry (ROE) Forms for the program.

Residents will be able to file applications for assistance in receiving temporary roof repairs at no charge to the owner. The hours of operation will be 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM daily until further notice.

Here are some facts about Operation BLUE ROOF:

  • To qualify for BLUE ROOF services, damage to the roof must be less than 50 percent and the area to be covered must be structurally sound for a crew to work on. The roof must be free of debris.

  • In order to have plastic sheeting placed on their roofs, homeowners must complete a right of entry form to allow government and contractor employees on their property. Right of Entry (ROE) centers are manned by Corps of Engineers employees.

  • The Corps is covering roofs in the hardest hit parishes first. Be patient. The Corps will respond to every person who has completed a ROE as rapidly as possible.

  • In some instances, there may be a slowdown in installing plastic sheeting because of a national shortage.

  • Homeowners can also cover their roof with free tarps provided by FEMA and issued through their local governments.

  • The plastic covering and the tarps are temporary fixes designed to provide protection from the elements until the homeowner can make permanent repairs with a qualified professional.

  • Residents may call 1-888-766-3258 for more information.

The BLUE ROOF program is provided by FEMA through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in all parishes that have been declared by FEMA for the Individual Assistance program. St Martin Parish has been declared for this program. The FEMA-assigned “blue-roof” mission provides temporary roof repairs to help families return to the daily routine and homes.

Vermilion Parish:

Corps opens and changes Blue Roof collection sites
BATON ROUGE, La., Sept 16, 2008 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisiana
Recovery Field Office, in Baton Rouge, La., has some more Blue Roof Right of Entry
collection sites and changes today.  All collection site days/hours of operation are
subject to the damage results from Hurricane Ike.
Vermillion Parish:  Open on Sep. 17-20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Office of
Emergency Preparedness, Suite 211, Abbeville Courthouse, 100 North State St.,
Abbeville 70510.

 

KANE Request Line:
(337) 367-1240

KANE Business Line:
(337) 365-3434

 

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