Lafourche Parish President Says Residents Need Blue Roofs, Mobile Homes As They Rebuild
People with damaged roofs from Hurricane Ida are still struggling to protect their homes from further damage. Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson tells us that because Nicholas’ rain is causing additional problems, the tarps used by home and business owners to date are not up to the federal government’s Blue Roof program. “Some people have covered their stuff and tried to nail it down… but that Blue Roof is the professional option, so some frustration is growing,” Chaisson said.
Chaisson isn’t happy that surrounding parishes that have had most of their power back, like the parishes of Orleans and Jefferson, seem to be leading the way when it comes to getting help from Blue Roof. “About 52 percent of our parish still has no power, and the sheer fact that they were in Orleans when we were ground zero has pissed me off for the past few days,” Chaisson said.
Chaisson is also upset by FEMA’s slow move to get long-term temporary housing, such as mobile homes, in Lafourche to protect residents while making their storm-damaged homes habitable after Ida’s wrath. “And you’d think that after Katrina and after Laura last year, FEMA would get up and go a little bit more, otherwise we wouldn’t be talking about 60 days before we see some form of housing coming into the parish,” Chaisson said.