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Five years after Hurricane Ike, some homes still with blue tarps

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It's been nearly five years since Hurricane Ike made its presence known in Houston and the surrounding area - and almost five years later, there are still homes damaged by the storm covered with blue tarps or so-called 'blue roofs.'

Maxine Golden is an 83-year-old who felt the wrath of Ike back in 2008. Her home needless to say is still in dire straights.

Golden says, "I have holes mostly in the front there are no holes in the back my bedroom my bedroom right there is safe it's mostly from my living room where I have the damage."

On the outside those big holes are evident on her aging and damaged roof. The weathered blue tarp would only last so long as a temporary measure to keep the rain out.

Despite the damage we see today - back in 2008 Golden says FEMA did an inspection of her home and denied her any federal funds to replace the roof. Devastating news to a window who lives alone on an income that can't really be described as fixed. And when she went to 3 different community organizations for help she was told this.

"They gave me information to call the city and the city said they ran out of money," says Golden.

When you walk into Golden's home it will actually make you know a senior citizen has to live in these conditions...a huge hole in her ceiling in the living room and hall...It's where rain has eaten away the sheet rock inside. She has a full assortment of buckets and garbage pails when the rain comes.

Golden says, "where the water drips I just put out the buckets to catch the water so I manage."

Houston City Council Member Wanda Adams spoke with us by phone. She says the city is patiently waiting on more federal funding to address the damaged roofs that remain in Houston well after Ike. Adams, who represents the district where Golden lives, says while it will take time there is hope.

In the meantime, all Golden and her neighbors who also have blue tarps can do is sit and wait...wait with a keen eye on the local weather report because she has to stay ready to put her buckets in place.

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