COPY-Feds send replacement blue tarps to Panhandle as roof repairs lag

PENSACOLA, Fla. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is replacing the blue tarps used to covers roofs damaged by Hurricane Ivan to the Florida Panhandle.

Many of the blue plastic tarps used to cover about 40-thousand roofs are cracking and deteriorating.FEMA is sending more tarps to Escambia County and the private relief organizations such as United Way and the American Red Cross. FEMA will coordinate AmeriCorps volunteers to put them up starting in about two weeks.Ivan struck on September 16th. Many roofs of buildings are still not repaired because owners haven't gotten insurance settlements or found contractors to do the work.Relief agencies say they still are getting about 60 calls a day about roof problems.

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