are one of the most destructive forces on the planet causing massive damage across a very large area. One of the most immediate requirements after a storm is to cut and toss debris from major roadways so emergency teams can perform their life-saving functions. Very shortly thereafter, large numbers of specialized trucks and equipment must be brought in to clear vegetative (i.e., tree) and building material debris so electricity can be restored and rebuilding can begin. Flooding often occurs during these events contributing even more debris for municipal leaders to remove so that residents can restore their properties. Other damage, like environmental hazards, dead animal carcasses, damaged levees and choked waterways, pose major challenges for emergency planners and officials.

Case Study: Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was the third major hurricane and first Category 5 hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. Slamming the Louisiana coast as a Cat 3 on August 29, 2005, the 25-foot storm surge caused catastrophic damage along the coastlines of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Levees separating Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans were breached by the surge, ultimately flooding about 80 percent of the city.

Katrina is estimated to be responsible for $81 billion in damages, making it the costliest hurricane in United States' history. Ceres is proud to have been on the front lines in cleaning up and rebuilding communities all across the Gulf Coast.
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The numbers tell a powerful story.

The following are documented statistics relating to Ceres’ role in the Katrina recovery effort:

  • 13,439,358 yards of debris hauled/reduced/disposed
  • 194,584 yards/day during peak production
  • 4,550,342 yards in first 30 days
  • 315,725 white goods hauled/processed/disposed
  • 37,033 electronic goods hauled/disposed
  • 2,006 buildings demolished
  • 5,200,000 total project hours
  • 1,018 subcontractors
  • 7,847 certified placarded vehicles
  • 56 debris reduction sites operated simultaneously
  • Operations across 14 counties in Louisiana and Mississippi


Ceres’ Hurricane Experience

Some of the hurricane events in which Ceres has completed significant contracts:
  • Sandy, 2012, Category 1
  • Isaac, 2012, Category 1
  • Irene, 2011, Category 3
  • Ike, 2008, Category 4
  • Gustav, 2008, Category 4
  • Dolly, 2008, Category 2
  • Wilma, 2005, Category 5
  • Rita, 2005, Category 5
  • Katrina, 2005, Category 3
  • Jeanne, 2004, Category 3
  • Ivan, 2004, Category 5
  • Frances, 2004, Category 4
  • Charley, 2004, Category 4
  • Isabel, 2003, Category 5
  • Lili, 2002, Category 4
  • Floyd, 1999, Category 4
  • Georges, 1998, Category 4
  • Fran, 1996, Category 3
  • Andrew, 1992, Category 5
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