The St. Charles, La., Parish Council has approved a $350,000 contract with Tasch Electric LLC of Norco to correct an electrical grounding problem at the parish’s Emergency Operations Center. This contract comes after a series of electrical problems that have plagued the new building since opening in February.
The St. Charles Herald Guide reported that electrical issues became apparent with power outages by June of this same year. The parish fixed the problem, thinking it was an isolated incident. But it was followed by another problem that rendered the electrical system inoperable. The outages were temporary and the EOC remained operational with generators until power was restored. But the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness director said the outages caused permanent equipment damage.
Engineers were called in, and they found a grounding problem in the entire electrical system. The engineers provided recommendations on correcting the problem, which called for increased steps for the grounding to R56 (Motorola standard).
Now Tasch Electric will fix the problem, but the parish is looking to recoup the cost and said it will file a lawsuit against Duplantis Design Group of Thibodaux, Associated Design Group of Lafayette and Aiges Construction of Laplace. Each company was involved in original construction. Some of the original engineers fixed some deficiencies last year.