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Nebraska Nuclear Plant remains secure in spite of the floodwaters!!!


Rising floodwaters forced some of the machinery to make contact with the water –filled berm, accidentally punctured the berm and causing it to deflate. However, the plant remains secure. The plant is located about 20 miles north of Omaha, said Mike Jones, a spokesman for the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) which owns the Fort Calhoun plant.

The plant has been shut down since April for refueling and has a second level of protection that had been put in place as a safety precaution. In addition to the berm, authorities had placed flood gates and other barriers to help protect the facility, said Jones.

As the water spills over the banks, auxiliary buildings and parts of the grounds and surrounding areas, the swollen Missouri River continues to make its way inland. The nuclear plant is designed to withstand waters up to 1,014 feet above sea level and the river is not expected to exceed 1,006.3 feet, the Power District said.

The Missouri River surged downstream this summer due to heavy rainfall in Montana and North Dakota, combined with melting snow from the Rocky Mountains. Authorities urged about 250 nearby resident to leave their homes after the river washed over and punched through levees in nearby northwestern Missouri.

The upper Missouri basin has collected more water, 6 to 12 inches, in a few weeks than it would all year and runoff from the mountain snowpack is 140% of normal, according to forecasters.

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June 27, 2011 - Posted by | Late Breaking News | , , , , , , , , , ,

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