Hurricane Idalia
August 2023 – Present
Hamilton and Suwannee Counties

On August 30, 2023, Hurricane Idalia hit Florida’s Big Bend area as a category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph. According to the Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative, more than 87% of the cooperative’s customers in Suwannee County were without power, representing some 16,300 homes and businesses. In Hamilton County, just 80 miles from where the storm made landfall, 100% of its customers were down.

To expedite a return to normalcy, Bergeron Emergency Services responded immediately by deploying 100 crews to the main arteries of I-10 in Suwannee County and I-75 in Hamilton County. To remove and manage storm debris,100 trucks were deployed -half of which are 140 cubic yard double barrel grapple trucks.

By October, Bergeron Emergency Services’s contract was expanded to include the management and removal of storm debris from all state roads in Hamilton and Suwannee counties.

JR Bergeron and Gary Bru

JR Bergeron & Gary Grubbs