often accompanies a major storm event like a hurricane or large rain event but can also be a natural occurrence after spring thaws. Floods are generally predictable but require an immediate response. Ceres has mobilized both prior to floods to help mitigate their impact and in post-event situations to remediate damage after waters have receded. As both a construction firm with heavy civil equipment for levee building and a disaster response company, Ceres has unique flood fight and recovery capabilities.

Case Study: Waterloo, Iowa

Record-breaking floods affected much of Iowa in 2008. The City of Waterloo contracted Ceres to load, haul, and dispose of all flood debris, including white goods, household hazardous waste, and sandbags from the City right-of-ways and avenues. Although some of the same types of debris are removed in flood and non-flood disaster recovery, typically storms with heavy rainfall increase the amount of construction and demolition debris when compared to vegetation. Also, the time line is longer in flood situations, because standing water takes time to recede. The debris removal may also be more complex as it can involve partial or full demolition of structures. For example, in a post flood situation, a house may have sheetrock walls that must be inspected by an expert who determines that sheetrock must be removed. After removal, the debris may be left on the right-of-way in loose piles. These piles will probably present more difficulty in loading than vegetative debris, or a pile of wind-blown privacy fence, because the waterlogged debris may have no structural integrity and will fall into pieces when picked up. For this reason the types of equipment may be different in flood situation, with wheel loaders and dump trucks more prevalent and self-loading knucklebooms less prevalent than in a non-flood storm. Ceres owns nearly all types of equipment used in flood recovery, and we have subcontractors who specialize in flood disaster recovery.
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