Nuclear Plant Ends Flood Emergency as Missouri River Recedes

8 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Monday, August 29 2011 Aug 29, 2011 Monday, August 29, 2011 1:55:00 PM CDT August 29, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant that was entirely surrounded by Missouri River floodwaters earlier this summer is no longer under a flood emergency.

Omaha Public Power District spokesman Jeff Hanson said the power plant about 20 miles north of Omaha ended the flood emergency Monday afternoon.

The river near the plant fell to 1003.5 feet above sea level Monday. The main power plant buildings are at 1,004 feet above sea level.

Workers have already begun removing some flood barriers and disassembling the elevated catwalks workers used to cross the flooded parking lot.

Fort Calhoun has been shut down since April because it was being refueled before the flooding began. It's not clear when it will restart because officials haven't been able to determine what repairs are needed.

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