Thank you for helping us during this disaster.
Updated 9:30am, February 16, 2016
Our next work days will be February 23, 24 & 25. We are asking volunteers to lend a hand as we carry stored items back into the office to unpack.
4:38pm, February 08, 2016 |
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Volunteer
Jeff Miller, an electrician from Summit Electric in Barnhardt, replaces the electric switches at Ride on St. Louis, an equine therapy program in Kimmswick on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Located next to the Mississippi River, the facility was flooded and heavily damaged in late December. Volunteers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association are volunteering their time and materials to get the therapy program back in business. Summit Electric is managing the repairs. Ride on St. Louis has nine horses that are used by about seventy disabled people and veterans for equine therapy. The program has been located at this farm since 2002. This is the third time that it has been flooded, but the water reached it’s highest level this time at about midway up the side of the stalls. Ride on St. Louis also has had help from painters, plumbers and pipefitters to restore the operation. Many people from the community have also helped, including the Seckman High School wrestling team. Now the spring program for disabled horse riding that normally starts around March 7 will be delayed only a couple of weeks. Photo by J.B. Forbes, firstname.lastname@example.org
1pm, Jan. 26, 2016
Our next workday as we recover from the flood is Saturday, January 30th. Please follow the volunteer link above for additional details.
When a Kimmswick, MO non-profit needed volunteers to help with flood cleanup, a wrestling team showed up.
“The wrestling coach from Seckman High School emailed me and said I’ll have the entire Seckman High School wrestling team and coaches out there Monday morning,” said Dan Valleroy, executive director of Ride On St. Louis.
Ride On St. Louis is a horse therapy center which employs licensed physical and occupational therapists. Clients include people with developmental disabilities, and also works with the Wounded Warrior Program. The non-profit is recovering from flood damage from when the Mississippi River overflowed in late 2015. The flood water was strong enough to mangle fences and tear poles out of the ground.
The Seckman Jaguars responded when the call went out for cleanup help.
“To help do the heavy lifting, tearing down the dry wall, and moving sand bags and other debris left by the flood,” said Valleroy.
“Everyone’s a family in wrestling, and we do whatever we can to help out each other,” said wrestling coach Ryan Moyer.
The cleanup was dirty, strenuous work in sub-freezing temperatures. The wrestlers formed an assembly line to move hundreds of sandbags outside and empty them. They loaded dumpsters with debris, even lifted a wooden deck that flood water knocked loose. A tough job for tough guys.
“We’re used to abuse from wrestling, you know?” said Seckman senior Jacob Hunter. “We’ve been in a little bit of pain, so the cold’s not too bad.”
Ride On St. Louis is seeking skilled volunteers according to Valleroy.
“Specifically looking for volunteers to do some plumbing, carpentry, hanging drywall, and electrical work,” said Valleroy.
If you’d like to get information about volunteering to rebuild Ride On St. Louis, call 636-464-3408 or write to email@example.com.
Before and After Photos
Story John Henry, KSDK, 1:18PM Jan 5, 2016
KIMMSWICK, Mo. — A Jefferson County non-profit organization continues to recover from last week’s floods.
Horse therapy center, Ride On St. Louis, is based in Kimmswick. Water from the Mississippi River covered much of the site last week. The flood water was strong enough to mangle fences and tear poles out of the ground.
Ride On St. Louis is unsure of how much money it will cost to repair all of the damage at the site. It is hopeful its insurance will cover the expenses.
Ride On St. Louis says it would love to have volunteers help clean up the property. You can learn about how to help on their website: http://rideonstl.org/
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Grant Bissell, KSDK 2 p.m. CST December 28, 2015
Flooding forces Jefferson Co. therapy center to move horses.
JEFFERSON COUNTY — A non-profit organization that offers services to special needs children and adults is about to be swallowed by the swollen Mississippi River. Now organizers are asking for your help.
Ride On St. Louis is an equine therapy center in Kimmswick. The organization opened its Jefferson County facility 15 years ago when it was given land on the banks of the river.
Since 2013 Ride On St. Louis has had to evacuate its facility three times because of flooding. Organizers say the cost and hassle of evacuations has become too much to handle and after this flood Ride On St. Louis might not return to Kimmswick.
NewsChannel 5’s Grant Bissell shows you how you can get involved with this worth-while cause and help Ride On St. Louis move to a new facility on higher ground.
Click here to donate.
Check out this story on KSDK.com:http://www.ksdk.com/story/weather/flooding/2015/12/28/flooding-forces-jefferson-co-therapy-center-to-move-horses/77980818/
ROSL – Dec. 28, 2015
ROSL evacuated our facility on Sunday, December 27th due to flooding of the Mississippi River. This is the second evacuation in 6 months for ROSL. Waters are expected to crest at 44ft, which will significantly flood our arenas (indoor and outdoor), turnouts, stable and stalls, offices, hay barn and parking lot.
Volunteers and staff packed and removed office items/furniture, hay, grain, bedding and our indoor arena footing. Our nine horses were safely relocated to Eastland Farm in Millstadt, Illinois (thank you Dr. Morgan for the use of your facility). Our three barn cats are enjoying life as temporary house cats.
Once the floods crest and start to recede, there will be multiple days of cleanup and disinfection. If you or anyone you know is able to contribute financially or as a volunteer donations may be made here or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer details.