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Sunday, June 19, 2011

OPPD Flood Blog ...

This is a very brief post to let APR's readers know that I've added the Omaha Public Power District's Storm and Flood / Outage Blog to the "Nuclear Blog Newswire" blog roll on the right side of the APR page here. Readers can now look simply to this blog roll for the latest OPPD updates on the flood, and on the situation at the Ft. Calhoun station.

10:45 PM Eastern Sunday June 19, 2011


  1. Very strange stuff in the foreign news. Can you verify if this is a photograph of the Calhoun plant surrounded by floodwater, or not? Seen anything elsewhere about this? I suspect there's some grain of fact hidden in this somewhere:

  2. @hank roberts: Yes, that's Ft. Calhoun all right and that picture is already days old. Look over at the side bar as I indicated for the OPPD blog about flood response. They'll tell you all that you need to know. No news blackout. And by the way -- what in the hell would Russia's nuclear establishment know, much less have to say, about the safety of a CE PWR plant? Nothing, is the answer.

  3. > what in hell
    That's what I wondered.

    Rumors created as attempts at stock price manipulation? or as attempts to drive purchasers away from US suppliers? I hope some reporter is investigating where this sort of thing comes from, if there are any investigative reporters still in business.

  4. ah, someone posting at the James Randi site tracked that bogus story--it started at a religious-conspiracy site; this post and the following one:

  5. Better debunk: http://forums.randi.org/showpost.php?p=7300138&postcount=30

  6. @hank roberts: That's a slam dunk you found there.

  7. Time for a new picture if you can find one taken today, since someone screwed up with a sharp object and punctured their extra flood protection berm.

  8. Might be worth tracking Cooper, if you have sources of information, as the flood waters will be coming its way for quite a while

    Friday's WSJ:
    "The Cooper Nuclear Station was still operating at 100% power as of Friday. ... Water was at 900.7 feet as of Thursday afternoon...."


    "Cooper continues to operate despite the approaching Missouri River flood that has shut down highways and destroyed houses.

    The river stood at 899.1 feet Sunday, short of the 902 feet at which the plant would shut down. Cooper's main building is at 903.5 feet, and plant managers said sandbags should allow it to withstand a flood of up to 906 feet.

    An NPPD official said floodwaters aren't expected to rise past 906 feet even if Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, S.D., were to break.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing record amounts of water from its Missouri River dams as heavy rainfall and record snowmelt combine to overfill the river...."

    NYT points out that record flood conditions will persist for some time:

    "... the Army Corps is scrambling to drain six massive reservoirs in Montana and the Dakotas. The corps is releasing water more than twice as fast as has ever been attempted since the reservoirs were built some 50 years ago.

    The disaster is caused by record snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains, which experienced snowpack of more than 140 percent of average this year, and historic rainfall totals that are funneling more water into the Missouri River than has been seen since record-keeping began in the 1890s.
    'This is a new data point in history' ... "

  9. @hank: I'm tracking both Ft. Calhoun and Cooper for developments.