Missouri River broke through the fence around the Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant
Elena Vnorovscaia / Chişinău / Moldova.ORG / -- Water from the swollen Missouri River in the U.S. state of Nebraska broke through the fence around the Nuclear Power Plant, "Fort Calhoun". The authorities claim that there is no threat of radiation leaks, reports the government's Nuclear Regulatory Commission USA (Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC).
In its turn, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) declares notification of unusual event at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station, “which indicate potential impacts to the plant."
In a news release, OPPD says quote, "notification of unusual event indicates events are in process or have occurred which indicate potential impacts to the plant."
But the reactor remains shut down for re-fueling and is not a threat to neighbors.
According to the NRC, the incident is no danger, the water hasn’t got directly to the station. No release of radioactive material has happened or is expected.
Currently OPPD is using sandbags, temporary dams and water pumps to hold the Missouri River back. But news agencies continue to report that the flood already on plant property, is just getting higher.
Recall that the flood in 7th of June caused a fire in the plant, which briefly knocked out power of the cooling system. Staff had been evacuated. Now nuclear power reactor is in cold shutdown.
Weeks of torrential rains and abundant drain after an unusually snowy winter led to a flood of the Mississippi River in May. There suffered some number of states, the water flooded the 1.2 million hectares of farm land in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas.