Operation Blue Roof handing out tarps for damaged roofs

Posted at 2:07 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 14:07:09-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are handing out blue tarps for those who suffered roof or structural damage during Hurricane Irma.

Operation Blue Roof, which assists eligible homeowners with temporary roof repairs, is a program the Federal Emergency Management Agency tasks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, to implement.

This program is available at no cost to eligible primary homeowners in Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota counties. Other counties may be added later.

Only primary residences with standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof. Metal roofs and mobile homes may be repaired as practical on a case-by-case basis. Roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible for this program.

Eligible homeowners who sustained roof damage from Hurricane Irma have several locations where they can apply for Operation Blue Roof and complete the Right of Entry (ROE) form that allows government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install a temporary covering.

ROE collection centers have opened at:


Miami-Dade County:

Lowe's Home Improvement

1850 NE 8th St., Homestead, FL


Hillsborough County:

Seffner-Mano Branch Library

410 N. Kingsway Rd., Seffner, FL


Collier County

2800 North Horseshoe Dr.

Naples, FL 34104


The Growth Center

310 Alachua St.

Immokalee, FL 34142


Lee County

Lowe’s Home Improvement

8040 Dani Dr.

Fort Myers, FL 33966


Pinellas County

12629 Ulmerton Rd.

Largo, FL 33774


Sarasota County

Bee Ridge Park

4430 South Lockwood Ridge Rd.

Sarasota, FL 34231


All centers are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.