Tropical Storm Debby

Pasco County, Florida
June 2012

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.

Bergeron mobilized our resources in anticipation of the Major Disaster Declaration. Once a Major Disaster Declaration was received by Pasco County and a Notice to Proceed was issued, we responded immediately. Haul trucks were certified, disposal routes were confirmed and debris pickup operations commenced. As result, we provided a seamless plan of attack and executed it flawlessly to begin the elimination of the County’s flood debris issues bringing an immediate sense of normalcy to those that were impacted by this event.