Operation Blue Roof offers free temporary roof repairs after Irma

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. Temporary aid is on the way to Florida homeowners with roof damage after Hurricane Irma.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials will be at locations across the state starting Tuesday where residents can sign up for temporary roof repairs through Operation Blue Roof.

The program offers temporary repairs for standard shingle roofs, metal roofs and mobile homes on a case-by-case basis. Roofs with more than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible. Only primary residences with standard shingle roofs are eligible for the program. The free program sends licensed contractors to homes to cover damaged roofs with tarpaulin until homeowners can make permanent repairs.

Blue Roof program assistance is available in the following counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe , Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Martin, Palm Beach, Pinellen, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, St. Lucie and Volusia.

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Where to apply in central Florida

In Orange County, a service center is located at the Edgewater Orange County Library at 5049 Edgewater Dr. open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In Lake County, Lake County EMS is the service center at 2761 W. Old Highway 441 in Mount Dora.

Another filing location for the Central Florida Corps is the Hart Memorial Central Library at 211 East Dakin Ave, Kissimmee.

FEMA and Corps engineers will open a Service Blue Roof Service Center in the Seminole County Branch at 215 North Oxford Rd. in Casselberry from Thursday September 28th. The service center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The US Army Corps of Engineers will be at 910 N. Main St. in Bushnell starting September 27, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

A list of other registration centers can be found here.

To receive this assistance, homeowners must complete a form so that Corps employees and contractors can access their property.

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Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida emergency management department on Monday to expedite the delivery of more than 10,000 tarps to the communities hardest hit by Hurricane Irma.

“More than 100,000 tarpaulins have been distributed across the state and an additional 6,000 tarpaulins will arrive in the Keys today,” Scott said in a press release. “Florida is accelerating the delivery of these sheets until the federal blue roof program is operational.”

How to apply for Operation Blue Roof:

Personally
Visit one of these registration locations.

By phone
Call 1-888-ROOF-BLU (888-76603258) and press 315

Applicants using 711 or Video Relay Service can also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech impairment and use a TTY can call 800-462-7585.

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