Blue roofs approved for 10 more parishes in Louisiana hit by Ida, including East Baton Rouge | Baton Rouge

Homeowners in East Baton Rouge Parish and nine others have been allowed to get temporary roofs for free in the wake of Hurricane Ida, officials said Thursday.

The issue has been a sore spot for most of Louisiana’s congressional delegation, which earlier this week sent a letter to FEMA administrator Deane Criswell asking that the agency review the criteria used to decide which parishes qualify.

Colonel Zachary Miller, commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers Hurricane Ida, said the expansion followed a request from Governor John Bel Edwards’s office in consultation with parish leaders and others.

Newly eligible parishes include East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Martin, St. Mary, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.

They join the 15 previously authorized parishes: Ascension, Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Terrebonne.

That means that all 25 parishes declared catastrophic by the storm will be eligible for the roofs.

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The roofs are made of industrial plastic sheets designed to keep homes dry until permanent repairs are made.

The work is administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers for FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The first such roof went up in New Orleans East on Wednesday.

Ten days after Hurricane Ida tore her roof, Candace Pepp was the first of 70,000 Louisiana households to receive temporary roofs on Wednesday.

More than 40,000 applications for the coatings have been submitted, with up to 70,000 expected.

Miller said the plan is to raise 400 roofs a day in six days.

“We’ll be working with these crews very soon across the state,” he said.

Miller said the goal is to fulfill all requests in about 60 days, weather permitting.

Whether criteria have changed in how parishes are approved is unclear.

U.S. Representatives Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson and three others called for new benchmarks in which parishes qualified.

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Miller noted that the 13 worst affected parishes were approved initially and then two more – Assumption and St Helena.

He said a process is needed before parishes are authorized and adding another 10 “is just a continuation of the desire to make sure everyone has a right to this.”

Homeowners and people in permanently occupied rental properties can register at: blueroof.us or by calling 1-888-766-3258.

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