WESTWEGO, La. - Across South Louisiana, residents are still trying to get signed up for emergency food stamps.
While time is running out in some parishes, it has been extended in Orleans and Jefferson parishes due to the large amount of people trying to apply for emergency aid.
By 5 a.m. Tuesday, there was already a huge crowd gathered at the Alario Center in Jefferson Parish. The site was not set to open until 8 a.m., but opened an hour early at 7 a.m.
Some residents arrived as early as midnight to wait in line.
State police patrolled the Westbank Expressway to make sure people don't park on the roadway.
There are multiple tents set up, some fitting 600 people each, so residents can stay cool. Some applicants have been brought into the center to sit and wait in the bleachers.
There are 35 National Guard members to control the crowd, as well as snacks and water provided.
The state said they will take people until they think there are too many to be processed by 6 p.m.
At noon, state officials said they are doing just fine on the processing, they are handling the number and have no plans to close.
Around noon on Monday, officials cut off the line in Westwego and at UNO because of the large volume of people. Workers at the Alario Center were processing requests until 9 p.m. to get all those in line at 12 p.m. serviced.
The state has extended the Disaster Food Stamp deadline until Thursday for Orleans Parish and Jefferson Parish. Residents should go to the UNO Lakefront Arena in Orleans and the Alario Center and Grand Isle Multiplex in Jefferson.
Tuesday is the last day to apply in Lafourche. Residents should go to Petlier Park and S. Lafourche Parish Library.
Only parish residents are accepted in Plaquemines at Exceleration Church, St. Bernard at Christian Fellowship Church, St. John at New Wine Christian Church and St. Tammnay at John Slidell Park and First Baptist Church in Covington.
On Tuesday, there are a number of sites open to serve people with the last names beginning with D through G:
- St. Charles Parish: Mount Airy Baptist Church in Boutte
- Terrebonne Parish: Bayou Black and East Houma Bingo Hall
- Washington Parish: American Legion on Lakeview Road in Bogalusa and the Old Franklinton Elementary School.
- Assumption Parish: Community Worship Center in Plattenville
- St. James Parish: Reception Hall in Vacherie
- Tangipahoa Parish: Harvest Church in Hammond and the Amite Fire Hall.