Operation Blue Roof offers free temporary roof repairs after Irma

Service centers in Casselberry, Kissimmee, Bushnell

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Temporary help is on the way for Florida homeowners with roof damage after Hurricane Irma.

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

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

Help through the Blue Roof program is available for 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, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter,  St. Lucie  and Volusia.

Where to apply in Central Florida

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

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

Another Central Florida Corps sign up location will be at the Hart Memorial Central Library, at 211 East Dakin Ave, in Kissimmee.

FEMA and Corps engineers will open an Operation Blue roof service Center inside the Seminole County Branch Libary at 215 North Oxford Rd. in Casselberry starting Thursday, Sept. 28. The service center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be at 910 N. Main St. in Bushnell beginning on Sept. 27, 2017 at 8 a.m. 

Find a list of more sign up centers here.

To receive this assistance homeowners must fill out a form to allow Corps staff and contractors onto their property.

Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management Monday to expedite the delivery of more than 10,000 tarps to communities hardest hit by Hurricane Irma.

"Across the state, more than 100,000 tarps have already been distributed and today, an additional 6,000 tarps will be arriving in the Keys," Scott said in a news release. "Florida is expediting the delivery of these tarps until the federal Blue Roof program is operational.”  

How to apply for Operation Blue Roof:

In person
Visit one of these sign up locations.

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

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

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