Operation Blue Roof deadline extended through Oct. 15

The application deadline for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Blue Roof program has been extended to Oct. 15 for residents affected by Hurricane Ida in 25 eligible parishes in southeastern Louisiana.

“The state has determined that this service is still needed in the area and has submitted a request to FEMA, who approved it, and we are here to implement it,” said Colonel Zachary Miller, commander of the USACE Hurricane Ida Recovery mission. “We have increased the capacity to install an average of 1,100 blue roofs per day when unaffected by bad weather. USACE and our contractors are here until every resident who makes a valid request is given a blue roof to protect their property.”

Residents can sign up for the program online at Blueroof.US or call the toll-free 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258).

Operation Blue Roof is a priority mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The program provides homeowners in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced, waterproof plastic sheeting, professionally installed to cover their damaged roofs until permanent repairs are made.

The Blue Roof program is a free service for qualified homeowners. The goal of the program is to protect property, reduce temporary housing costs, and allow residents to remain in their homes while recovering from the storm.

Homeowners with less than 50 percent structural roof damage qualify. Vacation rentals are not eligible for this program. After the blue roof is in place, the structure will be declared habitable. Roofs that are flat, made of clay, slate or asbestos tiles are not eligible. Large storm debris must be removed for the roof to qualify, as contracted crews can only remove small debris from damaged roofs.

Metal roofs and mobile homes will be repaired on a case-by-case basis as practically as possible.

Applying for the program includes a right of entry or ROE is a legal form that allows Corps officers to access your property and assess the roof damage of your home. The ROE also allows contracted crews to work on your roof, not enter your home.

To cancel your request, visit Blueroof.US or email [email protected] Cancellation emails must include the homeowner’s ROE number or reference number, name, address, phone number, and the PIN provided upon completing your application.

For more information about the recovery effort, visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/hurricane-ida

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