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Tropical Storm Ida- Preparedness Information

City of Gonzales Declares State of Emergency effective Friday, August 27, 2021

Mayor Barney Arceneaux has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Gonzales.  City administration, police, fire and public works have begun preparations for Tropical Storm Ida, which is expected to strengthen to a hurricane to protect the health and safety of our citizens.  Additional personnel have been added to active status.  All personnel are on standby throughout the event. 

May 2021 Flooding Incident Information

City of Gonzales Declares State of Emergency effective Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Due to existing conditions and the threat of more rain and severe weather,
Mayor Arceneaux has declared a State of Emergency within the City of Gonzales.

City Residents / Businesses impacted by the May severe weather and flooding may be eligible for FEMA assistance.

Call FEMA 800-621-3362 or visit the Disaster Assistance website (https://www.disasterassistance.gov) to open a case and find out more.


President Biden has Approved Louisiana’s request for a

Major Disaster Declaration.   

“Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding from May 17 to May 21, 2021.

The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the parishes of Ascension, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Lafayette.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.”

Read full Press Release here.



Please note that the City of Gonzales’ Emergency Services are ready and on stand-by to assist. If residents need immediate attention, they are asked to dial 911. If they make the decision to see their personal doctor, it is advised that they call ahead to alert the office that they are coming. Below are links to assist you in a number of areas related to the impact of COVID-19.

City of Gonzales COVID-19 Mask Requirements, Effective April 27, 2021
City of Gonzales Public Health Emergency Declaration (COVID-19) [28APR2021]
*NEW – Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program 3-5-2021
Tenants may be eligible for rental assistance under the program if the following requirements are met:
  • Tenant resides in a rental unit within a parish covered by the program;
  • At least one individual in the household qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19,
  • Tenant has received a past due rent notice, past due utility notice, or an eviction notice or is experiencing housing instability, and
  • Household income does not exceed 80% of area median income limit (AMI) for the parish, as defined by HUD
Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) – COVID-19 & Vaccine Site
Governor’s Office of Homeland Security (GOSHEP)
211 Information Line

Small Business Association Economic Injury Loans



If your business has been closed for an extended amount of time, you’ll want to make sure you flush its water system before reopening. This simple tip may help to avoid any issues once you’re back in business.


Water stagnation for a few months can lead to elevated lead, copper, and Legionella levels, as well as discolored water. And the stagnant water in internal plumbing systems can become not only smelly, but also develop a metallic taste.


Suggestions are to first flush cold-water lines, followed by hot-water lines. Business owners should also discard of all ice from ice machines, as well as flush, and disinfect the ice machines. You should also run dishwashers while empty, replace point-of-use water filters, and clean water fixtures, such as faucets and showerheads. And, don’t forget to flush the hot water heater as well.


Business leaders should also view guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for how to safely manage a building’s water system and devices after a prolonged shutdown. And also call a plumber if you want to be extra certain that you know all you need to do.



The City of Gonzales regularly updates its application for utilities. The below link will take you directly to our most recent application.


New Utility Application


Welcome to Gonzales, Louisiana, (population 11,350) conveniently located between the capital city of Baton Rouge and the fun and originality of New Orleans.

In 2019, the City of Gonzales was chosen by the National Chamber of Commerce as one of the “Top Five Cities To Live In.”

Gonzales is known as the “Jambalaya Capital of the World,” it is famous for its annual Jambalaya Festival, which was first held in 1968.  Stephen “Steve” F. Juneau came up with the idea for the Jambalaya Festival and served as the first president of the Jambalaya Festival Association.

Our area is home to some of the South’s most interesting and beautiful tourist attractions, many steeped in our rich history. There are no fewer than a dozen antebellum homes within a short drive, numerous restaurants all featuring original cuisine and boutique shops along with an outlet mall.

So, if you’re looking for “a great escape,” or wanting to relocate, we’re sure you’ll agree when we say, “Gonzales, Nous avons tout!”

The City of Gonzales is here to serve you, whether resident or visitor, so call us for any queries you may have.


Fight Fraud (2)

To find out more on fighting fraud, waste and abuse, click here.

In case of water or gas leaks after hours, on weekends, or during holidays, you can still call the City of Gonzales at 225.647.2841. The message will ask you to hit “1” for dispatch. Once through, simply explain your issue, and it will be sent to the correct person.


We are pleased to present to you the Annual Water Quality Report for the year 2020. This report, entitled “The Water We Drink,” is designed to inform you about the quality of your water and services we deliver to you every day (Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable. Tradúzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien). Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water.

The City of Gonzales hereby requests proposals for a

Land Acquisition Agreement for the City’s New Conference Center

(click above)
Posted: January 25,2019