Ft. Calhoun Nuke Readies for Flooding

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 @ 10:06 AM gHale

Memories of three years ago are in the minds of officials at the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) as they said they will reduce power at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant as they prepare for rising water on the Missouri River.

Fort Calhoun sits on the west bank of the river about 20 miles north of Omaha and ended up surrounded by water during the flooding three years ago.

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OPPD said the plant does not have to shut down until the river reaches the level of 1,004 feet above mean sea level. The U.S. Weather Service expected the river to hit that level on Saturday.

The district said sand-filled temporary berms have gone up around critical equipment. Flood doors and mobile pumps are ready to jump into action.

OPPD said its preparations for the possible flooding are the result of lessons learned three years ago.

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