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Operation Blue Roof underway

Posted at 11:04 AM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 20:38:15-04

Operation Blue Roof is underway throughout Louisiana to those affected by Hurricane Laura.

The purpose of the Operation Blue Roof is to provide homeowners and permanently occupied rental properties in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs. This is a free service to homeowners.

FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have released details on how to sing up for Operation Blue Roof for homeowners.

Residents must first sign the Right of Entry (ROE), which is a legal document that allows Corps workers to access homeowners' property and assess damage to your roof. The ROE also allows contracted crews to work on their roof.

A homeowner's roof must have standard shingles, the home must be their primary residence and the roof damage needs to have less than 50% structural damage.

The following parishes are now eligible, but this may be subject to change:

  • Allen
  • Beauregard
  • Calcasieu
  • Cameron
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Vernon

"Most of these homes survived the initial storm, but if water damage were to occur in the next coming months, they would be inhabitable, so getting these roofs on are essential to keeping the homes safe and habitable," explained Col. Zacahery Miller with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Saturday, crews installed the first coverings on homes damaged by the storm. One homeowner was just happy that someone was able to help.

"There's so much of it going on, who do you call?" said Howard Duhon. "They're so busy; this worked out great."

Those interested in applying can visit www.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof or call 1-888-766-3528 for more information.

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