Nebraska, Midwest Flooding Maps, Update: Nuclear Plant Braces for Rising Waters, Prepares for Shutdown

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Nebraska, Midwest Flooding Maps, Update: Nuclear Plant Braces for Rising Waters, Prepares for Shutdown

Historic flooding within the Midwest has compromised a dam in Nebraska, killed no less than one man and threatened the closure of a nuclear energy plant. Heavy rains and melting snowpack brought about unprecedented water ranges.

The National Weather Service launched flood maps and mentioned flooding is predicted to proceed via the weekend and lingering into the next week alongside the Missouri River.

Nebraska, Midwest Flooding Maps, Update: Nuclear Plant Braces for Rising Waters, Prepares for Shutdown A flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service contains Valley, Waterloo and King Lake in Nebraska till 10:15 a.m. CDT. Historic flooding has result in one dying, evacuations and points in space dams. National Weather Service


The Levee level at Cut-Off ditch may probably be breached, presently it’s holding by artificial means. If you reside between County Road 17 and the Highway 30 bypass a voluntary evacuation has been issued. Potential effected areas. @DodgeCosoNE

— Dep. Frank (@depfrankDCSO) March 15, 2019

Cooper Nuclear Station, Ericson Dam and Spencer Dam


Cooper Nuclear Station, a nuclear energy plant in Nebraska, took precautions because the Missouri River continued to rise.

Mark Becker, a spokesman for Nebraska Public Power District, advised Newsweek that the nuclear station was working safely at 100 p.c output. On Tuesday, the corporate started emergency preparations, together with sandbagging and barricading amenities.

Becker famous {that a} Notice of Unusual Event was declared at 5:46 a.m. on Friday after the Missouri River reached 899 ft. The plant plans to make use of an Alert and shut down the reactor if and when the river reaches 902 ft.

The National Weather Service river gauge upstream from Cooper Nuclear Station was swept away, so measurements from the plant have been being shared with the NWS, Becker advised Newsweek. “Projections earlier this morning, based on the gauge when it was functioning, indicates we could reach 902 or higher after midnight,” he mentioned.

“I would not say the plan is in danger as it is operating safely at 100 percent and would be taken off line safely as well if necessary,” Becker mentioned. “There is no risk to the public or employees as we continue to operate and all safety procedures established for flooding conditions will be followed.”

Meanwhiel, Ericson Dam in north-central Nebraska gave the impression to be holding regardless of flooding at Cedar River. Boone County officers had initially reported the “imminent failure” of the Ericson Damn, however on Friday it gave the impression to be holding.

The identical can’t be mentioned for the Spencer Dam, which failed on the Niobrara River. The failure brought about a big ice floe to create a gap in a constructing.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the Spencer Dam had been “compromised.” The sheriff’s workplace mentioned it was making an attempt to contact residents alongside the Niobrara River to evacuate them. Dozens of residents have been later evacuated, The Weather Channel reported.

The dam failure additionally appeared to have broken a bridge on Highway 281. Nebraska State Patrol tweeted a photograph that confirmed the bridge, positioned over the Niobrara River south of the dam, had been washed away.

Nebraska, Midwest Flooding Maps, Update: Nuclear Plant Braces for Rising Waters, Prepares for Shutdown Major to reasonable flooding has been reported throughout Nebraska. The flooding has led to evacuations and has additionally affected some infrastructure. National Weather Service

On Friday, the National Weather Service workplace in Omaha, Nebraska, was compelled to evacuate as a result of river flooding. Valley County, Nebraska additionally introduced a compulsory evacuation of all residents early on Friday. 

An emergency declaration was issued on Tuesday by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and an emergency catastrophe proclamation on Thursday by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

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