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LAPLACE, La. - It has been three weeks since Hurricane Isaac left hundreds of people in St. John Parish displaced.

On Tuesday morning, parish officials said they asked FEMA to help provide temporary housing help.

According to the parish president, Natalie Robottom, there are two critical issues that the area has to deal with - collecting the debris and getting residents back in to their homes, or at least temporary homes.

There are three sets of crews working: one collects garbage, another collects trees and other vegetative debris and the third collects demolition/construction debris.

The heavy flooding the area suffered has created large debris piles in front of many homes.

There are 600 people living in hotels so they can be close to home and school.

Approximately 10,000 residents have asked FEMAfor help with housing assistance, equaling to almost $18 million worth.

'Temporary housing continues to be a major concern for our residents. It is our greatest need and we have very little capacity here in St. John Parish. Last week, I signed an executive order which allowed for placement of temporary housing on private property. And, I requested through FEMA that they provide HUD-manufactured housing for our residents, which would include two-to-three bedroom trailers,' Robottom said.

FEMAdoes not provide travel trailers, like they did after Hurricane Katrina.

St. John Parish has set up a procedure for residents who want to rent trailers and get them correctly hooked up to utilities on their property. Residents may call 985-359-0254 or e-mail for information on temporary housing assistance.

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