Want a crew to install a tarp on your storm-damaged home? Operation Blue Roof is taking applications now.

Keith Magill
The Courier

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 a tarp until permanent repairs are made.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviving its Operation Blue Roof program to get as many houses into livable condition as possible during Hurricane Ida recovery.

Residents can sign up for the program at blueroof.us.

Sign-up for a roof tarp at blueroof.us. Operation Blue Roof is run by the Army Corps of Engineers.

"Operation Blue Roof protects property, reduces temporary housing costs and allows residents to remain in their homes while recovering from the storm," the corps said in a news release Wednesday. 

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The program is for primary homes or a permanently occupied rental property with less than 50% structural damage. Vacation rental properties are not eligible.

After the blue roof is installed, the structure is declared habitable, the corps says. Roofs that are flat or made of metal or clay, slate or asbestos tile do not qualify. All storm debris must be removed for the roof to qualify.

Call 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) for information about the program.

Tips for applicants

From the Army Corps:

  • Remove debris from your roof.
  • Secure your pets. Homeowners with pets who have submitted right-of-entry forms allowing crews to access your home and property should ensure pets are placed inside or properly restrained away from the structure so workers can access the roof safely. A loose animal on the property may cause a delay in the installation of temporary roofing.
  • Beware of solicitations. Blue Roof representatives never solicit participation, nor will they ask for Social Security or bank account numbers.
  • Look for identification. Corps employees who do assessments for Operation Blue Roof carry U.S. government ID cards. If you don’t see it, ask for it. Contractors will have a copy of your signed right-of-entry form.
  • Representatives from Operation Blue Roof may call to clarify information or location, but they will not ask for sensitive information.
  • Don’t pay. Operation Blue Roof is free.
  • If in doubt, report people claiming to be government workers to local law-enforcement agencies or to the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 1-866-720-5721.