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Parts of Nebraska Nuclear Facility Already Under 2 Feet of Water … But – So Far – Emergency Flood Walls Are Protecting Electrical Equipment

Posted By admin On June 24, 2011 @ 2:54 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Washington’s Blog [1]
June 24, 2011

ABC news reports [2] that there is already 2 feet of water at some parts of the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant:

Although the Fort Calhoun plant … is surrounded by an eight foot tall and 16 foot wide protective berm, two feet of water have already made its way to several areas of the Fort Calhoun plant, but authorities say there is no immediate danger at either plant.

CNN confirms [3]:

U.S. nuclear regulators say two Nebraska nuclear power plants have protected critical equipment from the rising waters of the Missouri River even though flooding has reached the grounds of one of them.

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Parts of the grounds are already under two feet of water as the swollen Missouri overflows its banks. But the Omaha Public Power District, which owns the plant, has built flood walls around the reactor, transformers and the plant’s electrical switchyard, the NRC said.”They’ve surrounded all the vital equipment with berms,” Dricks said.An 8-foot-tall, water-filled berm, 16 feet wide at its base, surrounds the reactor containment structure and auxiliary buildings, the NRC says. The plant has brought in an additional emergency diesel generator, water pumps, sandbags and firefighting equipment as well, according to regulators.

The 2 feet of water is in areas like parking lots [4], not within the reactor building itself.

The Omaha World-Herald notes [5] that the river is expected to rise an additional 4-5 inches in the very near future at the Fort Calhoun and Cooper nuclear plants:

On Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that releases from Gavins Point would increase another 7 percent to 160,000 cubic feet per second.

That will add about 4 to 5 inches in the river’s level at Fort Calhoun and Cooper Nuclear Stations, according to information from the corps and the National Weather Service…

The NRC has added two inspectors and a branch chief to the permanent two-person inspection crew at Fort Calhoun station, said Lara Uselding, spokeswoman. They are providing around-the-clock oversight there.

Fort Calhoun’s chief nuclear officer Dave Bannister says that the river would have to rise another 3 1/2 feet above where it stands now to pose a danger to the reactor. See this [6] and this [7].

Hopefully, no dams will break, and the emergency measures will work.

Here are photos of the Aqua Dam installed outside the Fort Calhoun plant courtesy of the official OPPD Flood and Outage blog [8]:

June 10th (AquaDam protecting the Administration Building at Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station):

Parts of Nebraska Nuclear Facility Already Under 2 Feet of Water ... But   So Far   Emergency Flood Walls Are Protecting Electrical Equipment    1004 3+Level+Pics+ +Admin+Bldg+Working+on+Westside+Aqua+Dam+crop [9]

June 14th view of the plant and AquaDam:

Parts of Nebraska Nuclear Facility Already Under 2 Feet of Water ... But   So Far   Emergency Flood Walls Are Protecting Electrical Equipment    fort+calhoun+hi+res+june+14th+2011+photo+AP+Nati+Harnik [10]

(Click the above image, and then zoom in … you can see a man walking across the bridge on the left side of the picture to get a sense of scale.)

June 15th (AquaDam protecting the nuclear station):

Parts of Nebraska Nuclear Facility Already Under 2 Feet of Water ... But   So Far   Emergency Flood Walls Are Protecting Electrical Equipment    1004 3+Level+Pics+ +Bridge+over+Aqua+Dam+and+Walkway+to+SW+BBRE [11]

June 17th (AquaDam protecting the nuclear station):

Parts of Nebraska Nuclear Facility Already Under 2 Feet of Water ... But   So Far   Emergency Flood Walls Are Protecting Electrical Equipment    Aqua+Dam+northwest+corner+%2528outside%2529.jpg

There are also dry cask storage units [12] at the facility, outside of the main building. Here are pictures [13] of the dry casks being delivered to the facility.

The area in red shows where one writer (Tom Burnett) believes the dry cask units are located.

Parts of Nebraska Nuclear Facility Already Under 2 Feet of Water ... But   So Far   Emergency Flood Walls Are Protecting Electrical Equipment

Here is a clearer version of the photo (click image for larger version):

Parts of Nebraska Nuclear Facility Already Under 2 Feet of Water ... But   So Far   Emergency Flood Walls Are Protecting Electrical Equipment    fort+calhoun+hi+res+june+14th+2011+photo+AP+Nati+Harnik [10]


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[1] Washington’s Blog: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/06/flood-danger-increases-for-two-nebraska.html

[2] reports: http://abcnews.go.com/US/minot-north-dakota-levees-overflow-floods-hit-missouri/story?id=13907747

[3] confirms: http://www.ketv.com/news/28329306/detail.html

[4] areas like parking lots: http://www.suite101.com/content/nebraska-flood-update-on-cooper-and-fort-calhoun-nuclear-stations-a376785

[5] notes: http://www.omaha.com/article/20110623/NEWS01/706239851/1115

[6] this: http://www.9news.com/news/world/204697/347/Could-Nebraska-flooding-create-a-nuclear-safety-risk

[7] this: http://www.wowt.com/news/headlines/OPPD_Says_Fort_Calhoun_Station_Rumors_Untrue_124105214.html

[8] official OPPD Flood and Outage blog: http://www.oppdstorminfo.blogspot.com/

[9] Image: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HfvObuWhivc/TfJ7na4LGYI/AAAAAAAAAXY/m6Bk1Fed5Bo/s1600/1004-3+Level+Pics+-+Admin+Bldg+Working+on+Westside+Aqua+Dam+crop.jpg

[10] Image: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fh8djQZba50/TgNPbNeyqJI/AAAAAAAADM8/GcbpU13iKq0/s1600/fort+calhoun+hi+res+june+14th+2011+photo+AP+Nati+Harnik.jpg

[11] Image: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n_dRRfS4QNc/TgNbknOVQ3I/AAAAAAAADNI/1fyCDC6-plU/s1600/1004-3+Level+Pics+-+Bridge+over+Aqua+Dam+and+Walkway+to+SW+BBRE.jpg

[12] dry cask storage units: http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/search.cfm?q=Ft.+Calhoun&s=

[13] , outside of the main building. Here are pictures: http://www.rigginginternational.com/projects/ProjectDetails.aspx?ProjectID=20

[14] Fukushima in Nebraska? Raging Flood Waters Threaten Nuclear Catastrophe: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fukushima-in-nebraska-raging-flood-waters-threaten-nuclear-catastrophe.html

[15] Berm Protecting Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant Breaks … Plant Flooded, on Emergency Diesel Generators: http://www.prisonplanet.com/berm-protecting-fort-calhoun-nuclear-plant-breaks-plant-flooded-on-emergency-diesel-generators.html

[16] Midwest Floods: Both Nebraska Nuclear Power Stations Threatened: http://www.prisonplanet.com/midwest-floods-both-nebraska-nuclear-power-stations-threatened.html

[17] FAA declares ‘no-fly’ zone directly over crippled Nebraska nuclear plant, but claims everything is just fine: http://www.prisonplanet.com/faa-declares-no-fly-zone-directly-over-crippled-nebraska-nuclear-plant-but-claims-everything-is-just-fine.html

[18] Report: North Carolina nuclear facility with superheated uranium leaking ten gallons of radioactive cooling water per hour: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-north-carolina-nuclear-facility-with-superheated-uranium-leaking-ten-gallons-of-radioactive-cooling-water-per-hour.html

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