We know that it’s not easy to navigate all the red tape, figure out what aid is legitimate, and get the assistance you need. We are spending time vetting information so you don’t have to. Check back often for up-to-date information that can help you and your business.

For Businesses & Residents

Vermilion OHSEP alerts

General Assistance: Dial 211 or visit louisiana211.org

  • Call 211 for disaster resources. Specialists are available 24/7 before, during and after the storm. Services are multilingual and are accessible to the hearing impaired. 
  • Callers can access disaster information about food, clothing shelters, special needs, evacuation routes, transportation assistance, crisis counseling, prescription assistance, missing persons post disaster, rebuilding assistance and more.

United Way of Acadiana, Lafayette Disaster Relief, (337) 233-8302

VEDA Resource Matching
We have made a very simple online form to help assess Vermilion’s situation. We encourage you to fill it out whether your business was affected by Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Delta, or both. We are concerned with not just physical damage, but any challenges caused by the storms that negatively.

We will provide this information to our state and local partners and use it to help with future programming. If there are resources are available based on what you told us, we will provide those directly to you.

Hurricane Damage Reporting Form

If for some reason you cannot access the form, please feel free to text in the following info to (337) 418-9849.
Your First & Last Name
Company Name
Company Physical Zip Code
Which Hurricane Affected You: Laura, Delta, Both
Phone Number
Email Address
Nature of the Damage

State of LA Business & Residential Structural Damage

Please fill out this survey to report damage to your home or business (structures only, no vehicles). Information collected here will help parish, state, and federal authorities understand how and where locations were impacted by this disaster event. This survey is to be used only for reporting damage or loss of personal property. Completion of this survey is not an application for or guarantee of assistance, nor does it initiate a claim to your insurance provider. Contact information will be used to provide information on resources available as well as how to apply for any assistance that may be available. Note that any information submitted via this form may become public information. Utility outages should still be reported to your local utility provider.

Apply online: www.disasterassistance.gov

By phone: # 1-800-621-3362

The Disaster Number for Laura:: 4559-DR

If anyone needs a little extra help applying or FEMA assistance, there is a Disaster Recovery Center in Rayne set up to serve the region at the Southside Community Center (403 4th Street, RAYNE, LA 7057). Please note that to protect the public and employees, Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will operate a Drive-Through to safely submit paperwork (Document Drop-Off). On-site, you may also register FEMA assistance from your vehicle. FEMA representatives are also available by phone at 1-800-621-3362. All public and staff are required to wear face covering.

Catholic Charities

If you or someone you know needs help removing a tree from the house or tarping their roof in Acadiana, you can sign up online to get added to Catholic Charities of Acadiana list: https://www.tfaforms.com/4858283
If you are able to volunteer, please sign up here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4633555

Vermilion Parish residents:
Tarps are available for residents of Vermilion Parish. One or two tarps depending on what is needed to cover the hole are available.
For those in the rural parts of the parish, call the Police Jury Office or the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness at (337) 898-4300 or (337) 898-4308. Give your name, address and telephone number. Someone will go out and assess the residence.

For those inside a municipality, contact your city/town hall.

You will have to either put up the tarp or hire someone to do it for you. The tarps will be available until Tuesday or possibly Wednesday depending when they are delivered to the Police Jury Office.

Catholic Charities

If you or someone you know needs help removing a tree from the house or tarping their roof in Acadiana, you can sign up online to get added to Catholic Charities of Acadiana list: https://www.tfaforms.com/4858283
If you are able to volunteer, please sign up here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4633555

The Vermilion Parish Police Jury (VPPJ) recently received notice of available funding assistance through the FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program for the mitigation of properties exposed to a high risk of flooding. The FMA application period opens on September 30, 2020.

On behalf of the parish citizens, the Vermilion Parish Police Jury will develop a grant application to include eligible properties. This is a voluntary participation opportunity.

The FMA grant offers two (2) mitigation options of either Elevation or Acquisition (buy-out). If an eligible property is included in an awarded application, the homeowner may be responsible for a 10% cost-share of the Total Project Cost. To be considered eligible to participate in the grant
application development process, the property must meet two (2) main criteria:

a. A current flood insurance policy that went into effect prior to 9/30/20
b. At least two (2) flood insurance claims of more than $1,000 were paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) within any rolling 10-year period, since 1978

If you would like more information, you may contact the Grant Managers, Cherie LeCompte and Andie Czajkowski, at 337-232-0777. The application packets will be available for pick up at the Vermilion Parish Police Parish Office at 100 N. State Street, Suite 200, Abbeville, LA.



  • The City of Abbeville is working along with the National Guard to clear trees from roadways and power lines across town. If you notice a tree or power line down, please do not approach. Call City Hall at 337-893-8550 to report it.
  • Power is supplied by Entergy who is working to repair its grid across South Louisiana.
  • Both Vermilion Parish and the City of Abbeville are in contact with Entergy to attempt to establish a timeline of when this might happen.
  • Leaves and branches need to be separate from the other trash. Sorting tree debris separately will help the Parish to pick up faster. Branches need to be smaller than 6’ long and 18” diameter for pickup. If you have additional questions, please contact Solid Waste at (337) 898-4338. 


  • Vermilion Parish Police Juror EOC, 337-898-4308
  • Iberia Parish EOC 337-369-4427


  • Electrical repair crews are out working on lines. At this time we do not have an estimate on how long repairs will take.
  • (Tuesday 8/25/20 1:00 pm) Storm surge continues to be a threat for the Erath area. By Wednesday afternoon, plan to stay in place for 12-24 hours due to the expected tidal surge. Reminder, if we lose power from high winds, crews will not initiate repairs until winds are 35 MPH or less. WARNING: If you rely on electricity for life saving devices or medical equipment, have a backup source of power or make plans now to evacuate. As put out by Vermilion Parish OEP, Vermilion Parish is under a voluntary evacuation.


  • The estimated time for power restoration is 10-14 days based on information from Cleco. Keep in mind damage assessments are just started and that time can and will probably change. More precise information within the next 24 hours.
  • 8/27/20: City Hall is aware of the water problem. It is currently being resolved. You should have your service back shortly. Thanks for understanding.


  • Utilities will be back up as soon as humanly possible. It is a tedious process and the length of time it takes is determined by the damage caused to the system and/or lines and transformers.
  • As most of you can tell from looking out your window, there is a lot of limbs that have fallen and in some cases jeopardized the lines. Kaplan crews along with the crew from Georgia are working diligently to get this done as soon as possible.


  • Village of Maurice City Hall will be closed on Wednesday August 26th  and Thursday August  27th.
  • They hope to be able to open on Friday August 28th.
  • Sand is available in front of the Village of Maurice Police Station.  Please limit your bags to 6 per household.
  • Please dial 911 for emergency situations.

Second Harvest Food Bank 

337-237-7711, https://no-hunger.org/

Upcoming feeding sites:

Town of Gueydan – 901 Wilkinson Street, Gueydan
Oct. 24, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Briggs Learning Center – 710 Huey Street, Abbeville
Oct. 28, 2020
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Disaster SNAP (DSNAP)

Louisiana is not authorized to operate DSNAP at this time. There has not yet been a DSNAP ordered for Hurricane Delta. 

DCFS is working with USDA Food and Nutrition Service to secure all federal disaster food assistance possible for residents of parishes impacted by hurricanes Delta and Laura. Stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, here are some things you should know:

If you pre-registered for DSNAP for Hurricane Laura (or since March 2020), you don’t need to pre-register for Hurricane Delta.
If you have not pre-registered, please do so now by clicking the “pre-registration” link below or by phoning the LAHelpU Customer Service Center at 1-888-524-3578. To pre-register with a customer service representative, choose your language, then press the following prompts: 3-3-5. The Call Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Pre-registration gives you a head start on your phone application and interview if a DSNAP is ordered for your parish.
Get more DSNAP information and updates. Text LADSNAP to 898-211.

DSNAP Pre-registration – Click Here

American Red Cross, Acadiana Chapter, Lafayette



  • As of 12:00pm on 8/27 the following is a list of roadways in Vermilion Parish that are considered to be hazardous due to standing water on the roadway.
  • The water on some of these roadways have already receded and might be passable.
  • Motorists are advised to be alert for water on the roadways near Delcambre, Erath, Intracoastal City, Esther, Pecan Island, Mouton Cove, Forked Island and other low lying areas in the parish.
  • Motorists should use extreme caution when navigating the roadways after a storm and to remember that trying to judge the depth of water on the roadway can be difficult due to roadway elevation changes and if in doubt, please do not attempt to travel through the water.
    • 161 ROMERO
    • Grant Road
    • LA HWY 89
    • 5565 Alfred Road
    • Odilion
    • Avid Road
    • la82
    • Bares Road
    • E Main Street
    • germaine rd
    • Jude RD
    • REginald Road
    • Albert Road
    • Pickett Rd
    • Adier Road
    • Placide Rd
    • JK Road
    • La82
    • elias rd
    • Allen Road
    • Tato Road
    • Orange Dr.
    • South Airport North of Jaqaulyn st.
    • Bamboo
    • Bella Rd
    • hwy 330
    • Melrose Road
    • Pleasant Road
    • la 3147
    • Alexander Rd
    • Mahogany Rd
    • hwy 82 west
    • N. Airport Road
    • LA91
    • LA82
    • LA82
    • Lionel Rd
    • Lyndale loop
    • Bares Rd
    • Hwy 700

City of Abbeville
Sandbags will be available at the City Barn at 1811 Godchaux Street beginning at 7 AM, Monday August 24th.

City of Kaplan
City Yard – 412 S. Herpin
Sandbags and shovels available. BRING YOUR ID because you must be a resident of Kaplan City limits in order to fill and receive sand bags. The yard will be open from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Village of Maurice
Sand and bags are available for Village of Maurice residents in front of the Village of Maurice Police Station at 115 West Corine Street.  There is a six bag limit per household due to the limited supply. If you are filing bags please be cautious of the ongoing construction at the Village of Maurice Water Plant.

Vermilion Parish Police Jury – Sandbags will be available at all Area Barn Locations and the LSU County Agent’s Office on Monday,
August 24, 2020 starting at 12:00pm. NOTE: Every person is required to fill their own sand bags at each of the facilities.

  • LSU County Agent’s Office
    1105 West Port St., Abbeville, LA 70510
    (337) 898-4335
  • Area Barn #1
    13115 Mack Switch Rd.
    Erath, LA 70533
    (337) 937-5668
  • Area Barn #3
    29429 Veterans Memorial Dr.
    Gueydan, LA 70542
    (337) 596-6930
  • Area Barn #2
    12002 Calvin Le Bouef Rd.
    Abbeville, LA 70510
    (337) 893-6190
  • Area Barn #4
    13531 Gladu Rd.
    Kaplan, LA 70548
    (337) 893-8962

Emergency Contacts

For Emergencies: 9-1-1

Louisiana State Police: 225-925-6325 or *LSP from any cell phone

FEMA: 1-800-621-3362 or Disasterassistance.gov

Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOTD) – Real-time road closures: www.511la.org

United Way of Acadiana: 337-233-8302; for immediate assistance dial 2-1-1

American Red Cross: 1-866-GET- INFO (1-866-438-4636)

Consumer Protection Hotline: 1-800-351-4889

Cleco Corporation: 1-800-622-6537

Entergy: 1-800-ENTERGY; Power Outages: 1-800-9OUTAGE

Slemco: 1-888-2SLEMCO (1-888-275-3626)

LA BEOC, Michael Dunaway: (337) 482-0600 or mdunaway@louisiana.edu or http://www.labeoc.org/labeoc/welcome.aspx

Vermilion Economic Development Alliance, After Hours: (337) 418-9849 (Anne) or info@developvermilion.org

Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: http://gohsep.la.gov/


HURRICANE RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUND – Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana

The people of Southwest Louisiana know how to take care of themselves, and each other. Once in a while, though, hurricanes and floods require them to reach out for a little help to recover. Hurricane Laura has done just that. CFSL is raising money from people who want to help their neighbors in Southwest Louisiana return to the lives they’d known before this disaster struck. The contributions received will be granted to nonprofits that have proven they don’t flinch when catastrophe comes. At the start, the disaster grants pay for food, shelter, medicine, and all the other necessities that help stabilize those in most immediate need. Then it shifts to making grants for long-term recovery and, perhaps more importantly, for making people and places more resilient for the next time disaster visits. Donate here.