Trouble over Ike's blue tarps

November 17, 2008 8:33:54 PM PST
The US Department of Labor is investigating why dozens of workers hired under FEMA's Blue Roof program have not yet been paid.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Those workers spent more than two months installing blue tarps to homes damaged by Hurricane Ike.

"There are a lot of people out here who have lost their families and wives and stuff over this stuff," said Troy Henderson-Height, a Florida laborer.

One company, Grace Construction out of Florida, says the government has only compensated it for 20% of the work. The US Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees the program, says under its contract the individual companies should have been paying those workers on a weekly basis regardless of payment received from the government.

"No one brought that to our attention, if they had, we probably wouldn't have been doing it," said Buddy Hall with Gulf Coast Construction.

Gulf Coast Construction says it was owed $26,000 for ten days of work.

Nonetheless, the corp says it is working on a plan to expedite payment to these contractors.

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