On Saturday, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) installed the first Blue Roof in Fort Myers. Operation Blue Roof provides a temporary blue tarp-like covering to help reduce further damage to property and provide residents with a livable house while they recover from Hurricane Ian.
This service is free to homeowners, and the initial sign-up period is ongoing, ending on October 23.
This program currently includes homes in Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Collier, and DeSoto counties.
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To qualify for this free program homes must be primary residences or a permanently occupied rental property with less than 50% structural damage, excluding vacation rental properties. All storm debris must be removed for the roof to qualify.
Residents must sign a Right of Entry form to allow USACE workers to assess the roof and install the tarp.
To provide sign-ups in areas that may not be able to access the call center or website, the USACE has gone door-to-door and is identifying locations for mobile signup locations in southwest Florida neighborhoods.