The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is announcing the latest mobile locations for its Blue Roof program sign up starting Sept 14.
The three Mobile Communication Vehicles (MCVs) will be in place from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily to assist residents with Hurricane Ida structural roof damage in applying for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assigned USACE managed Blue Roof program.
Location 1 in Tangipahoa Parish:
- YMCA at 36342 US 11, Buras, LA 70041 (Sept. 14-16)
- Amite Public Library at 204 NE Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 (Sept. 17-19)
Location 2 in Lafourche Parish:
- Volunteer Fire Department at Bayou Boeuf at 3447 Hwy 307, Thibodaux, LA 70301 (Sept 15-17)
Location 3 in St. John the Baptist Parish:
- Mathernes’s at 1424 W Airline Hwy, Laplace, LA 70068 (Sept. 14)
- Walmart 1616 at W Airline Hwy, Laplace, LA 70068 (Sept. 15)
- Juan Anthony Park at 3445 Hwy.18, Edgard, LA 70049 (Sept. 16)
"The mobile units allow residents with roof damage from Hurricane Ida to sign up or get assistance applying for the no-cost Blue Roof program," said Col. Zachary Miller, commander of the USACE Hurricane Ida Recovery mission. "Although sign-up can and will continue during inclement weather, roof installations will not happen if conditions make it unsafe to work on a roof. We do understand the sense of urgency homeowners feel while waiting for temporary roofing, and our entire team is working to complete installations as quickly as possible."
Operation Blue Roof aims to provide homeowners in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until permanent repairs are made. This program is a free service to homeowners. Operation Blue Roof protects property, reduces temporary housing costs, and allows residents to remain in their homes while recovering from the storm. The deadline to apply for this service is Sept. 30, 2021.
This program is for primary residences or a permanently occupied rental property with less than 50 percent structural damage. Vacation rental properties are not eligible for this program. After the blue roof is installed, the structure is declared habitable. Flat roofs or roofs made of clay, slate or asbestos tile do not qualify. All storm debris must be removed for the roof to qualify.
Homeowners can visit Blueroof.us to apply. Here, homeowners can sign up for Blue Roof assistance using a Right of Entry (ROE) form, which gathers information about your residence. The ROE is a legal document that allows Corps workers to access your property and assess your home's damage. The ROE also allows contracted crews to work on your roof.
Residents can call toll free 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) for more information regarding this program.