Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nebraska preps nuclear plant for possible flooding, no public danger

Nebraska preps nuclear plant for possible flooding, no public danger

A flood warning issued Wednesday by the National Weather Service in Des Moines remains in effect until 10:15 a.m. Thursday for Dallas and Guthrie counties.

Since approximately 6:30 Tuesday morning, the Big Blue River has been at or above flood stage in Marshall County. The river will continue hold steady near minor flood stage at 9.0 feet today.

The Missouri River is expected to reach a record crest at Brownville this weekend.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued for neighborhoods around the city of Fremont in eastern Nebraska on Saturday, after a levee along the Platte river was breached amidst continued serious flooding.

CNN affiliates KOLN and KGIN reported the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency confirmed a flood-related fatality in Platte County.

Officials are confident that the flooding around the plant presents no danger to the public, power district spokesman Mark Becker said. Large-scale snow melt has also increased the overall water content, causing rivers and streams to overflow their banks, and levees to fail.

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Pietrycha says the heavy rain which has aggravated flooding conditions in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas has ended.

Officials in other parts of Nebraska said a Norfolk man was seen on top of his flooded auto late on Thursday before being swept away and another man was missing after being swept away when a dam collapsed on the Niobrara river. Thousands of homes and businesses were still without power Friday in Colorado, mostly in the Denver area, although crews worked throughout the day to restore electricity.

The storm also spawned at least three tornadoes in MI and in on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an emergency disaster proclamation and activated the state emergency operations center Thursday.

In Omaha, the National Weather Service office was evacuated due to flooding concerns.

"Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads".

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