From Ice Storms to Hurricanes, Bergeron Responds with Custom Recovery Solutions
Throughout the southeastern U.S., our team of experts has employed state-of-the-art management techniques to efficiently remove and dispose of debris. Whether leading or working as part of a team, our focus has always been rapid restoration of a site after a natural disaster.
The following projects are representative of our ability to produce the required deliverables. Many of the projects listed below presented significant challenges for the affected areas, however, our experienced project managers and vast resources enabled our response to effectively support and, in many cases, expedite the debris and recovery process.
Hurricane Irma – September 2017
22 communities, 2 counties, 1 FDOT district, 1 school board, 1 university, 1 SWA and the State of Florida.
Hurricane Irma was the strongest hurricane observed in the Atlantic since Wilma in 2005 in terms of maximum sustained winds. It was also the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005. Bergeron responded quickly and in the end had assisted 21 clients covering almost 7,500 square miles. Read more.
2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Miramar, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Hollywood, and Davie, Florida
The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active ever recorded. To respond to the destructive impact, Bergeron Emergency Services opened and managed five of the largest Temporary Debris Staging and Reduction Sites (TDSRS) in Florida’s history and successfully conducted site management operations in excess of two million cubic yards. Read More.
Kentucky Ice Storms
February – July 2009
Hart, Grayson, Logan, Ballard, and Christian Counties
Following an ice storm that left 55 people dead, Kentucky suffered its largest power outage on record, with 609,000 homes and businesses without power across the state. Property damage was widespread, with the damage due to falling trees, large tree limbs and power lines weighed down by ice. Bergeron Emergency Services dispatched its Advanced Management Team to identify the most heavily impacted area and to develop a response strategy. As prime contractor, Bergeron Emergency Services provided hazardous tree removal and trimming and right of way loading and hauling of vegetative debris generated from back-to-back ice storms. Read More.
Volusia and Brevard Counties, Florida
Although it never made landfall in Florida, Hurricane Matthew made his presence known with wind gusts reported as high as 107 mph in Cape Canaveral, widespread flash flooding and record rainfall. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) contracted Bergeron Emergency Services to clear roadways and remove debris resulting from the storm in FDOT District Five. Read More.
Hurricane “Superstorm” Sandy
December 2012 – April 2013
Colts Neck, N.J. and the five boroughs of New York City
After the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season hit, Bergeron deployed our Advanced Management Team to the New York and New Jersey area to assess the damages. Although New Jersey had executed a state-wide contract for debris removal services, the contracted unit prices were twice the industry standard. Bergeron immediately began talking with applicants that were not under contract to offer significant cost savings. Read More.
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
June –August 2010
Gulf of Mexico – Alabama
Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, Bergeron Emergency Services was engaged by Resolve Marine Group, a large marine based oil spill and oil rig firefighting response company, to deploy project managers to assist with establishing their landside operations in Alabama. Read More.
Tropical Storm Debby
Pasco County, Florida
Due to the slow, lumbering forward movement of Tropical Storm Debby, nearly 30 inches of rain fell on portions of North and Central Florida. More than 30 Florida counties immediately found themselves in a flood fight and local emergencies were declared. As the storm made landfall, Bergeron Emergency Service personnel attended Emergency Operations Center meetings in Pasco County to plan and prepare for the subsequent debris issues that were expected. Our experience enabled us to provide a debris-estimate for the Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDA) to the State that ensured that the necessary thresholds would be met to for the County to receive Federal assistance from FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. Read More.
Following the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010, Bergeron Emergency Services aligned with Haiti company SAJ, S.A. to create a Haitian/American joint venture composed of two highly qualified, family run entities to aid in the reconstruction. Their combined resources and experience made them the ideal firm to supply the Republic of Haiti with a myriad of services and resources including emergency debris management services and demolition, heavy highway/civil construction, land development for permanent housing solutions and large scale projects to include construction activities at new and existing port and airport facilities. Read More.