Residents race against the rain to get damaged roofs covered
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – It’s a sight Louisiana is no stranger to, a sea of blue roofs. The clock is ticking to cover any damage to your home as we expect more rain along the way.
Ida has caused some of the most catastrophic wind damage of any recent storm, from Ground Zero, on the coast, to the Northshore.
“We came back last night so we really finally have a chance to review it and you can tell we’ve been out all day. No power at the moment, water pressure still an issue, no cable, no internet” said John Womble.
In Metairie, however, Womble’s main concern is racing in the rain.
“Water from the storm that we got in my three bedroom ceilings and we knew more storms were coming,” Womble said.
In addition to the lack of water, electricity and gas, it is one of the minds of many people.
Walter Cannon drove from St. Charles Parish to the distribution location at Shrine on Airline.
“There is very little access to anything in St Charles Parish. The lines are long, the sails are very limited and I’ve heard the lines were short,” Cannon said.
While Cannon loves the thought of some rain to cool everything down, once he got his hands on one of those blue beauties, he was gone.
“I’ve got to get back to work,” Cannon said when it started to rain.
“Great panic. People are afraid of taking more damage than they already have and we are trying to make sure we can avoid that and also give them what they need to get back on their feet,” said Gabriel Manson, owner of Visionaire Construction. .
Manson weathered the storm to make sure he got crew members on the road the next day.
“It’s absolutely slammed, non-stop phone calls all day, trying to reach every person we can possibly reach, which is hard to do,” Manson said. “It’s such a big question to protect every roof before the rain hits.”
Manson, a local man, runs on generators in the office and works 12 to 14 hours a day, says his crews have put themselves in the shoes of their community.
“It’s frustrating when you see Nebraska and Texas and Florida all chasing the storm for the money instead of helping each other and finding the gas and finding the sails for each other and cutting the price when you have to make sure that protecting someone from future harm,” Manson said.
During the recovery process, be mindful of who you entrust your money to. Law enforcement and the Better Business Bureau are already warning us about scams.
Their advice? Make sure you don’t give anyone all the money up front.
Also take a photo of the crew, their vehicle and license plate.
If you can, make sure you put the agreement in writing.
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