FEMA Operation Blue Roof program closes in Pinellas County on Tuesday

You can sign up to have tarps put up on your roof for free.

Update on Oct. 10, 2017: Some 588 Pinellas County citizens have applied for the FEMA Operation Blue Roof program.

Tuesday marks the last day for Pinellas County residents to sign up for the program, which offers free temporary roof repair from Hurricane Irma.

To sign up, citizens have to go to Indian Rocks Baptist Church at 12629 Ulmerton Road in Largo. On Tuesday, the center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Original Story on Sept. 15, 2017: If you live in  Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas and Sarasota counties and have roof damage, you can go right now and sign up for a blue tarp.

It's part of "Operation Blue Roof." Engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will come and put the tarp on your house.

People showing up say this makes a bad situation a little better.

Applicants were signing up Sept. 15 in Largo  at the Outreach Center, 12875 Walsingham Road.

"We figured the centers will be here for at least a week, If not longer and we're working on getting more are ROE Centers opened up in the different communities that qualify for this," said Joe Durkee, emergency operations specialist.

Homeowners must sign a Right of Entry (ROE) form to allow government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install the temporary covering. ROE collection centers will be set up by Corps teams in convenient neighborhood locations. Updated information about collection center locations in each county will be distributed daily.

For information, call 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258).

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