CGR toured LaPlace on Thursday, September 6. Flood waters are still receding in some areas. 7,000 houses were flooded with anywhere from 4 inches to 8 feet of water. Gutting by homeowners and LaPLace based groups has commenced in many areas and homeowners insurance companies and FEMA are making damage assessments. St. John the Baptist Parish lacks sufficient rental housing to house the 25,000+ residents affected. Many residents may have to move back into their partially gutted homes if they are safe to re-electrify in the short term. Power is still being restored to the area.
The food stores and gas stations in the commercial areas and major employers in the parish are open and operating. Schools should re-open at the end of September.
In regards to Braithwaite (population 1,600) in Plaquemines Parish, water is still being pumped from parts of the community and the area around Stolthaven is still closed. Homeowners insurance companies and FEMA are still making damage assessments. Power is still being restored to the area.
The Belle Chasse community in northern Plaquemines Parish was not affected by storm surge. The electricity is on, schools are open, the commercial and retail areas are open.
The Common Ground Relief Legal Clinic team was in LaPlace and Slidell on Saturday, September 8. CGR will begin sending construction skilled volunteers into the area after additional assessments are made.