IBEW Local 1 electricians, contractors again assist Ride On St. Louis with flood repairs

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BACK IN THE SADDLE: IBEW Local 1 electricians (from left) Sam Scarpace, Sr., Doug Heidland, and Sam Scarpace, Jr. recently spent a day at Ride On St. Louis to replace all the electrical devices at the non-for-profit equine-assisted activities and therapy center that were damaged again by flooding in May. – IBEW Local 1 photo

Imperial, MO – For the second time in just 18 months, IBEW Local 1 electricians and contractors have helped a Jefferson County equine-assisted activities and therapy center get back in the saddle.

In January 2016, flood waters from the Mighty Mississippi caused significant damage to Ride On St. Louis (ROSL), a not-for-profit agency that serves children and adults with disabilities, U.S. veterans and disadvantaged youth. IBEW Local 1 answered the agency’s call for help and made extensive repairs to the electrical system.

Last month, heavy rains and flood damage again threatened the organization’s mission, and ROSL representatives once again turned to IBEW Local 1 Business Representative Chuck DeMoulin for direction. Demoulin contacted Doug Heidland, the owner of Summit Electric in Barnhart.

Heidland, who assisted the agency with repairs in 2016, assessed the flood damage to the center’s main electrical system. Once he had assessed the damage, Heidland joined the father-and-son team of Sam Scarpace, Sr. and Sam Scarpace, Jr., and the three men spent a day replacing all the electrical devices, with materials donated by Metro Electric Supply.

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