Hurricane Michael: Army Corps preparing to cover ‘tens of thousands’ of damaged roofs


WASHINGTON — The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to cover tens of thousands of rooftops damaged by Hurricane Michael, according to a senior officer.

Computer models of damage wrought by the Category 4 storm indicate widespread roof damage and destruction across several states, Army Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon, the Corps’ deputy commanding general for Civil and Emergency Operations, told USA TODAY late Wednesday.

By contrast, Hurricane Florence, which inundated the Carolinas last month, did not result in any calls on the Corps for its signature blue-tarp roof patches.

“This one is more of a wind event,” Spellmon said.