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A FEMA Blue Tarp Still On A Houston Roof

A few days ago I saw a blue FEMA tarp still on a roof here in Houston.

These tarps were all over right after Hurricane Ike in 2008.

I believe Galveston still has a number of homes with the tarps still in place. But I have not taken any pictures of those tarps.

While you can’t see it very well in this picture, the word FEMA is visible at the top of the tarp.

Here is the FEMA website. People often need help after a disaster.

The tarps come from FEMA’s Operation Blue Roof. Here are facts about this program.

Here are facts about Hurricane Ike.

Here is a great photo essay of Ike from the Boston Globe. 

After Ike is a book of pictures from the air of damage done by Ike. I have this book. It’s interesting enough of you lived in areas impacted by the storm.

(Photo copyright 2011 Neil Aquino.)

December 20, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. 1/3/12
    There are still many homes with blue roofs in Galviston,Harris and Brazoria Coounty Tx. Homes are deteriorating, people are still struggling.
    My daughter is one of them, no money to fix a home damaged by the storm
    where is the help? Can America help rebuild and aid more of our own?

    Comment by Z.Hawkins | January 3, 2012

  2. Thanks for the comment. We do seem to have fallen on care for our own.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 4, 2012

  3. I have a home my children are living in that had a blue roof put on it. I also applied for help through the houseing devision. They came out and took pictures and said it took a while for the paper work and never heard from them again, not a yes or a no. My roof on the house is leaking so bad that they have to put buckets under the seams of the home to catch the rain and is gettin worse. I cant afford to replace the roof or for more tarps. If anyone knows where I can at least get some tarps to re-cover the roof it would help. I work for Wal Mart so you can figure out why I cant afford to replace the roof. I’m not in upper management so the income is not the greatest anyone who can help please let me know,

    Comment by Deborah LeBlanc | March 23, 2012

  4. Ms. LeBlanc—Have you contacted your Congressperson or asked your City Councilperson to advocate for you in this process?

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 23, 2012

  5. You can get enough 6 mil plastic to cover a roof for 100 bucks or less. It will last longer that cheap polytarps.

    Comment by Samawry | December 13, 2012

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