Calling All Roofers

A familiar site over the last three months is contractors working hard to get a new roof placed on a house damaged by hurricanes.

Unfortunately for hundreds of people in this area, there are still a lot of roofs that haven't been worked on yet.

Local contractors say they face a difficult task, one they can't really see an end to right now.

"It's real stressful. You feel like you can't do enough, but all you can do is your best," said Michael Martin.

Unfortunately, that has not been enough to get things done quickly. Martin estimates his company has fixed between 100 and 150 roofs since the hurricane, and that they still have at least a hundred on a waiting list.

Martin says his company is having to set priorities right now, getting to the people who need it the very most, and making others wait.

"A lot the people are kind enough to say, 'wait until the blue tarps are gone'," said Martin. "They're not in this dire of a situation."

That patience, roofers say, will go a long way toward making a very difficult job just a little bit easier for them.

"It's going to take time, because there's just not enough contractors to handle the massive quantity of repair working being done right now," said Jack Rivers.

Local roofers say there's no way to know just how long it will take to get everyone back to normal, but they are guessing it could be 8 or 9 months before every roof damaged by Katrina is fixed.

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