Omaha, NE – Rising Missouri River flood water has forced OPPD to declare a Notification of Unusual Event at its Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant.
OPPD made the announcement in a news release this afternoon. Such notifications are made when events are happening or have happened that will impact the plant. In the news release, OPPD says the river is expected to rise to 1,004 feet above sea level this week and remain there for at least a month.
Omaha, NE – The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin releasing 150,000 cubic feet per second of water from a South Dakota dam June 14.
The Corps' Omaha office updated the Missouri River flooding during a briefing Sunday afternoon. Ted Streckfuss is Deputy District Engineer for the Omaha office. He says once the Corps begins releasing that water from Gavins Point Dam, it'll raise the river level at Omaha to 34 to 36 feet. Flood stage at Omaha is 29 feet.
Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says Burlington Northern is shutting down its rail line through Sarpy County because of flooding.
NEMA's daily update says the railroad is closing the rail line that runs along the Missouri River through Bellevue and Sarpy County. Bellevue's Emergency Management Agency received 5,000 sandbags Thursday. Haworth Park and its marina remain closed due to flooding.
Omaha, NE – Rising Missouri River flood water is forcing Omaha Public Works to close one of its lift stations.
Environmental Services Manager Marty Grate says the Monroe Street Lift Station, one of the city's 17 waste water pumping stations, closed Friday. He says that'll result in about six million gallons a day of untreated waste water flowing in to the Missouri River.
Omaha, NE – The city of Council Bluffs is looking for volunteers to help fill sandbags.
A news release from the city says sandbagging will take place Saturday and Sunday mornings in the parking lot of the Mid America Center. Volunteers are needed both days starting at 8 am to fill sandbags.
Officials say all volunteers are welcome. Volunteers under age 16 must be with an adult.
Omaha, NE – The city of Omaha has closed the road leading to Freedom Park due to rising flood water and motorists driving on the levee.
A news release from Mayor Jim Suttle's office says OPD and Omaha Public Works closed the road Thursday night out of concern for both public safety and the stability of the levee. Freedom Park closed Wednesday, and Suttle's office says flood water is now on the road leading to the park.