More than 50k have applied for Blue Roof program after Ida; find out how to apply here
DENHAM SPRINGS - Homeowners in the capital area now qualify for a so-called Blue Roof, a federally-backed program that provides the infamous blue tarps to roofs of storm-damaged homes.
Homes in parishes that sustained hurricane-force winds qualify. The federal government expanded the program Thursday to include more parishes in the capital area.
To have a Blue Roof installed, the home must be "liveable" if the roof is fixed. Substantially damaged homes won't qualify for a temporary roof.
Parishes where the program will be in place include: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.
As of Monday, the state said more than 51,000 applications have been submitted for the program. Among affected households, more than 450 tarps have been installed since distribution began last week.
Visit blueroof.us (click here) or call 1-888-766-3258 to schedule a Blue Roof.
NOTE from the Blue Roof program: 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. Not all roof types qualify for the program. 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.
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