More levees fail along the Missouri River- nuclear plant offline till Fall

June 19, 2011KANSAS CITY, MO – The swollen Missouri River washed over and punched through levees in northwestern Missouri early Sunday, spurring authorities to urge about 250 nearby residents to leave their homes. The river breached levees at two points overnight and overtopped them at two others near Corning, Missouri, about 100 miles north of Kansas City, the Holt County Sheriff’s Department reported. Most residents had already cleared out due to voluntary evacuation calls, but authorities went door-to-door early Sunday to order nearly 30 people who remained to leave, the agency told CNN. Upriver, evacuation advisories went out for 200 to 250 people in the town of Watson and other areas west of Interstate 29, said Mark Manchester, the deputy emergency management director in Atchison County. Water was sloshing over the levees “at a pretty good clip” Sunday morning and had already topped the county’s previous record mark, set in 1993, he said. “We’re in uncharted waters here,” Manchester said. The Missouri was more than 11.5 feet over flood stage at nearby Brownville, according to National Weather Service data. And across the state line in Hamburg, Iowa, where two levees failed last week, the river was expected to crest at 10 feet over flood stage in the coming days, Fremont County Emergency Management chief Mike Crecelius said. Crecelius said the river has been over flood stage since late April, and that forecasters are projecting river flows of 150,000 cubic feet (1.1 million gallons) per second through August. “They’re not designed for this amount of pressure for this length of time,” Crecelius said. “They’ve never been tested like this.” Heavy rainfall in Montana and North Dakota, combined with melting snow from the Rocky Mountains, has sent the Missouri surging downstream, according to the National Weather Service. The 6 to 12 inches of rainfall in the upper Missouri basin in the past few weeks is nearly a normal year’s worth, and runoff from the mountain snowpack is 140% of normal, the agency. –WTOV Channel 9
Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville, Neb., declared a “Notification of Unusual Event” about 4 a.m. Sunday when the Missouri River there reached a height of 42.5 feet. A “Notification of Unusual” event is the lowest and least serious of four emergency classifications established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for nuclear power plants. The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant operated by the Omaha Public Power District posted a an unusual event notification due to flood waters on June
(c) Associated Press 2011
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6 Responses to More levees fail along the Missouri River- nuclear plant offline till Fall

  1. luisport says:

    Summerland wrote:
    Most of Nebraska, USA , is going to be in tornado watches all through Monday. We (Omaha) are under a tornado watch until 0400 Severe winds and large hail the remainder of the night and all through Monday. And the Missouri River continues to rise. The rain that we are having is going to contribute to more flooding. We drove out to Fort Calhoun toady which is about 3.5 miles from the nuclear power plant. We saw no flooding along that route and no unusual air or ground activity. In years past I have seen the old highway flood with heavy rains. The closing of I 25 continues to expand.


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