There isn’t much news this morning, which is not necessarily a bad thing at all. There will be rain.
Any effects on river levels from more water being released from upstream dams should be evident today or tomorrow. Yesterday Cooper Nuclear Station missed shutting down its reactor by only 18 inches. Fort Calhoun has been shut down since April — but both plants still have to cool their spent fuel rods whether they’re running or not. And we’ve all learned from Fukushima how problematic the spent fuel rods can be.
The biggest problem being reported today is that sand is running low in communities along the Missouri River:
During the next few days, the river is expected to rise as much as 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in much of Nebraska and Iowa, and as much as 10 feet over flood stage in parts of Missouri. It could stay above flood stage into August.
The Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring the sand supply, said Jud Kneuvean, chief of emergency management for the corps’ Kansas City District. He said a ton of sand produces about 60 sandbags. Sand also is piled along weakened areas of levees to prevent seepage.
- 20 JUNE: Cooper Nuclear Station (Nebraska): reactor will shut down if river rises two feet more
- 20 JUNE: Missouri River flooding: 1-29 closures (near both of Nebraska’s nuclear plants)
- 20 JUNE: NRC Weekend Event Reports from Cooper Nuclear Station: Nebraska flooding
- 19 JUNE: ON THE MEDIA FAILURE of reporting the status of Nebraska’s nuclear plants and the flood
- 19 JUNE: Update: NOUE declared for Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownsville, NE
- 19 JUNE: Nebraska’s flooded nuclear plants: flooding may reach Kansas City by midweek
- 17 JUNE: The flooding of Nebraska’s nuclear power plants: Fort Calhoun and Cooper Nuclear Station
- 16 JUNE: What’s happening at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant? (19 miles north of Omaha, NE)
- 18 JUNE: Level 4 nuclear emergency / classifications: America (NRC) vs. International (INES)