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09/14/05

Blue Roofs Going Up Across South Mississippi

Perched on top of roofs across South Mississippi are workers pounding and pulling tarp. They're trying hard to cover up homes that were exposed by the hurricane.

"We're given a mission to repair roofs. As you see, they're blue. They have FEMA tarp on it, and they're here to prevent further damage to homeowners," Col. Tony Vesay of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

Homeowners like Joseph and Eleanor Danhoffer. They rode out the storm in their Long Beach home and woke up to see their house filled with two feet of water, and their roof yanked by Katrina.

"I think they're doing a very good job here. I like it. It keeps the rain out," Eleanor Danhoffer said.

"It's great. We had a lot of holes. My son-in-law did some patching up there, but he didn't have the equipment. They did a great job," Joseph Danhoffer said.

He smiled and said, "I wanted green, but they wouldn't give me green. They only had blue".

The Army Corps of Engineers started the Blue Roof Project last Thursday. So far, their contractors have finished about 400 roofs. The Corps has an ambitious goal. They want to finish as many as 500 roofs per day.

"We come out and assess the building and the bottom line is, a building with 50% or less damage will qualify. They want to have it just like prior to Katrina. So you want to get them back on their feet and back to work, and get some normalcy back in their lives," Vesay said.

Getting back to normal is a little easier for the Danhoffers, as more people pitch in to help them rebuild and recover.

"You need more words than thankful. You can't express it," Eleanor Danhoffer said.

There are 17 Blue Roof Centers where you can go to apply and find out if you qualify. Just call this number 228-701-0588.

by Trang Pham-Bui

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