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WOWT is reporting that aberm has collapsed at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant, allowing flood waters to reach the building. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission contends that the facility is still safe, as waters must rise another 8 feet to be a threat. No news directly from the plant since the break is available at the time of this writing. In addition, WOWT is currently the only local station reporting this story.

Updates will be posted here as they become available.

Omaha television station WOWT reports on its facebook page the following breaking news:

BREAKING NEWS: According to the National Weather Service, a levee 3 miles north of Brownville, NE has failed. Emergency Management officials in Atchison County, Missouri are urging anyone living west of Interstate 29 to evacuate as soon as possible.

Cooper Nuclear Station is located near Brownville, and has been on alert since flood waters surged in the area last Sunday. There has been no word yet on whether this development will affect the plant, and if so, how.

This news comes on the heels of news yesterday that the NRC is tracking flooding both at this plant and the facility at Fort Calhoun, Nebraska.

WOWT also notes that Atchison County Emergency Management says those in the evacuation area in need of help should call 660-744-6308.

Local station WOWT is running a story today focused on Omaha Public Power District’s attempts to control rumors surrounding the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant, which as I noted in an earlier post lies in an area heavily flooded by the Missouri river. In today’s story, the plant’s chief nuclear officer, Dave Bannister, admits that he requested the FAA declare the area a no-fly zone:

“I can ill afford at a time when I’ve got already a natural disaster going on to have an aircraft crash on site that could potentially affect one of my power sources.”

This story represents the fourth explanation for the airspace restriction around the plant that OPPD has offered to the media. Other explanations include work on overhead power lines, security concerns, and a claim on their own site last week that the FAA had ordered the restriction because the area is flooded. Today’s story directly contradicts that.

If OPPD has nothing to hide, one has to wonder: why the contradictory stories? Why the earlier, documented attempt to keep news media from showing flood waters encroaching on the plant? (See video at linked site.)

OPPD, which owns and runs the Fort Calhoun facility, has posted a page to address the rumors surrounding the nuclear power plant. Judge for yourself. I am interested in knowing whether it’s common practice for the FAA to restrict airspace in flooded areas, as OPPD claims, and if so, why the entire region isn’t restricted…

Rising flood waters throughout the American midwest have been largely ignored in recent weeks, in favor of stories about Anthony Weiner’s narcissistic sexcapades. Thousands of people have already been displaced by the flood, and rescue organizations are struggling to accommodate the influx of abandoned animals. Perhaps most disturbing of all, though, is the failure of the media — both mainstream and local — to accurately report on the situation at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant, which sits on the Missouri river about 20 miles north of Omaha. As a resident of the general area, I am particularly interested in why it isn’t being reported locally that OPPD, which owns and operates the plant, requested that the FAA issue a restriction of the airspace surrounding the plant.

Due to a lack of time, for now I’ll just list several relevant articles not already linked above:

Article at Business Insider

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