Want a crew to install a tarp on your storm-damaged home? Operation Blue Roof is taking applications now.
Residents of Terrebonne, Lafourche and several other parishes whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Ida can apply to have a crew cover their roof with tarpaulin until permanent repairs are made.
The US Army Corps of Engineers is reviving its Operation Blue Roof program to get as many homes as possible in livable condition during its recovery from Hurricane Ida.
Residents can sign up for the program at blueroof.us.
“Operation Blue Roof protects properties, reduces temporary housing costs and allows residents to stay in their homes while they recover from the storm,” the force said in a press release on Wednesday.
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The program is intended for primary residences or a permanently occupied rental property with less than 50% structural damage. Vacation rentals are not eligible.
After the blue roof has been installed, the building will be declared habitable, the police said. Roofs that are flat or made of metal or clay, slate or asbestos tiles are not eligible. All storm debris must be removed for the roof to qualify.
Call 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) for program information.
Tips for applicants
From the Army Corps:
- Remove dirt from your roof.
- Secure your pets. Homeowners with pets who have submitted an entry form that allows crews to access your home and property should ensure that pets are placed indoors or properly restrained away from the structure so that workers can safely reach the roof. A stray animal on the property can delay the installation of temporary roofing.
- Beware of requests. Blue Roof representatives will never ask to participate, nor will they ask for Social Security numbers or bank account numbers.
- Look for identification. Corps personnel conducting assessments for Operation Blue Roof carry U.S. government ID cards. If you don’t see it, ask for it. Contractors will receive a copy of your signed registration form.
- Representatives from Operation Blue Roof can call to clarify information or location, but they will not ask for sensitive information.
- Don’t pay. Operation Blue Roof is free.
- When in doubt, report people claiming to be government employees to local law enforcement agencies or to the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 1-866-720-5721.