Higgins Clarifies Timeline of Operation Blue Roof, Explains Process to Have Tarps Provided and Installed

LAKE CHARLES, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced the start of Operation Blue Roof in areas hit by Hurricane Laura. The program, run by the Army Corps of Engineers in coordination with FEMA, includes the purchase and installation of temporary blue tarpaulin roofing for damage to residential property, which is free for homeowners.

This program applies to primary residences or permanent rental properties with less than 50% structural damage. Vacation rentals are not eligible for the program. Once the blue roof is installed, the structure must be habitable. Not all roof types are qualified for the program. Roofs that are flat or made of metal or clay, slate or asbestos bricks do not qualify. All storm debris must be removed for the roof to qualify.

Homeowners are required to sign an entry permit application allowing access to their property to conduct an assessment and, if warranted, install a temporary roof. Residents can register by calling 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) or at https://blue-roof-online-signup-usace.hub.arcgis.com/.

Find out more about Operation Blue Roof here.

Congressman Higgins made the following statement:

“Operation Blue Roof has been approved and is establishing operations in southwest Louisiana. This program provides vital assistance to those who either cannot afford or are physically unable to install temporary roof guards. We are working closely with all of our local, state, and federal partners to deliver maximum recovery efforts to affected families. “

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