Operation Blue Roof finished

FEMA / Andrea Booher

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to FEMA, Florida's final blue temporary roof was installed Friday.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers installed blue roofs under Operation Blue Roof across the Florida panhandle. They say they installed more than 7,800 blue roofs.

“In the wake of a major storm like Hurricane Michael, we know that survivors want to return home to begin their recovery process,” Lt. Col. Richard Gussenhoven, USACE Task Force Michael commander, said. “Over 7,800 blue roofs installed by our contractors are enabling thousands of qualifying Florida residents with damage to their homes to shelter in place while they plan repairs.”

Contractors started installing blue roofs on October 19th, nine days after Hurricane Michael hit our area.

To be eligible for Operation Blue Roof, applicants had to meet certain criteria. The homes had to be primary home with standard shingled roofs with less than 50 percent structural damage. Metal roofs and mobile homes were repaired on a case-by-case basis. If a home was rented, the homeowner had to give permission in writing for the roof to be put on.