NEW ORLEANS, La.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed temporary roofing, or Blue Roofs, on a low-income apartment building in New Orleans recently. In total USACE installed Blue Roofs on 90 buildings at four sites within the greater New Orleans area. This was a special request approved through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state of Louisiana and is equivalent to installing more than 300 blue roofs on individual homes.
“Taking care of survivors is what our Operation Blue Roof program is all about,” said USACE Hurricane Ida Response Commander Col. Zachary Miller. “Knowing that we are able to touch so many families by being able to put a temporary roof on their home is humbling. With a roof over their head, these survivors are now able to stay in their neighborhood and begin the rebuilding process without having to move to another community.”
The USACE Operation Blue Roof program 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 and protects property, reduces temporary housing costs, and allows residents to remain in their homes while recovering from a storm.
To cancel a request, residents are urged to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Survivors can also cancel a request or report a quality concern by calling our customer service team at 888-ROOF BLU.
Operation Blue Roof in support of the Hurricane Ida recovery is no longer accepting homeowner applications for the program. USACE has installed more than 33,200 to date. There are 33,799 total valid request.
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Release no. 21-096