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General News    H1'ed 6/26/11

Nuclear Station Berm Collapses

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A 2,000 foot berm, protecting the Ft. Calhoun (Nebraska) Nuclear Power Plant collapsed around 1:30 AM Sunday morning.  As usual, the Officials state "not to worry" everything us just fine.  The headline on the Omaha World Herald Sunday edition is "Flooding: The worst is yet to come".  In this article, the Army Corps of Engineers state that less than 1/3 of the upstream water has been released and heavy rains continue.  NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko will visit the plant Monday.

The dams holding back the flood waters on the longest river in the United States are under unprecedented stress.  For a very good report on the problems that are coming into play, see: this video.  Brig. Gen. John McMahon, commander of the corps' Northwestern
Division stated "It's going to be a devastating season in terms of how the levees do"  In other words, levees are failing every day and this will only get worse.  New sections of Interstate 29 have been closed and US Highway 30 is close to being closed, due to a levee failure on Saturday.  In some cases, one has to travel in excess of 100 miles to find a bridge or road open to cross the Missouri River.

As I stated in a previous article, the Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant is in danger only if the river experiences a sudden surge of perhaps ten feet.  No one can (or will) state that one or more of the dams upstream are not going to experience a catastrophic collapse.  As stated in the You Tube video, if this happens, it will be the most expensive disaster in American History.  Should a dam burst, the wall of water coming down the Missouri River would wash away two nuclear power station.  An event no one can fathom.  The Missouri River dams constitute the largest system of reservoirs in the United States.

We continue to receive heavy rains, both in Nebraska and all the way into Montana, which is just as bad.  It all has to go into the Missouri River.  On Saturday AM, parts of Omaha received 3 inches of rain; more is forecast for Sunday night and Monday.
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