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(Brownville, NE)  --  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is announcing a special inspection to be conducted at Nebraska's Cooper Nuclear Power Plant.  The NRC says it will be reviewing the circumstances that contributed to a recent problem with one of the Brownville plant's two service water systems.  According to the federal commission, the Cooper plant was operating at full power on December 6th when the plant operator was unable to establish water flow through a large pipe that discharges water used to cool some of the plant's safety-related equipment.  It was determined that large buildu

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The lower Missouri River will remain high into December because of the large amount of water being released from dams into the river.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will remain at a level more than twice what is typical for this time of year — 80,000 cubic feet per second — into mid-December.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After an unusually rainy September in the region, the amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is likely to match the 2011 record.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it now expects 61 million acre feet of water to flow down the Missouri River this year. That would equal the record set during the prolonged 2011 flooding.

So the Corps will continue releasing massive amounts of water from the dams along the river.

FEMA Disaster Registration Deadline Approaching

Sep 10, 2019

(Undated)  --  A deadline is coming up on Friday to register for FEMA assistance for the flooding disaster that occurred in Nebraska from March to July.  That deadline is for both the FEMA individual assistance grants and the low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  At the request of Governor Pete Ricketts, FEMA extended the incident period, which originally ended in April. You can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

Plattsmouth Residents Reminded To Conserve Water

Aug 22, 2019

(Plattsmouth, NE)  --  Plattsmouth residents are being reminded they still need to conserve water.  The city's website says it's seen a spike in water use over the last few days and the city is running out of its supply.  Plattsmouth has been under a water emergency order since flooding started back in March.  The city's plant remains offline and is still surrounded by water.  The city says the ten-million dollar project to repair the plant could be finished as soon as September 1st.

Flood Damage Assessment Underway

Jul 11, 2019

(Kearney, NE)  --  Flood damage assessment is underway in Kearney.  Emergency management officials say between 300 and 400 people remained evacuated in the town as of yesterday.  Heavy rains on Tuesday forced the evacuation of hotels near Second Avenue and Talmadge as well as two mobile home parks and houses in south Kearney.  Emergency crews rescued one driver yesterday morning after their truck was swept off a water-covered road. 

Flooding Forces Evacuations In Kearney

Jul 10, 2019

(Kearney, NE)  --  Flooding is forcing evacuations in Kearney.  Up to four inches of rain fell in Kearney late Monday night and early yesterday morning leading to evacuations of hotels in the area of Second and Talmadge.  Emergency shelters for displaced tourists and residents were set up at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  Kearney police helped more than two dozen stranded drivers during the storm.  

Mobile Home Park To Be Demolished

Jun 6, 2019

(Bellevue, NE)  --  A mobile home park damaged by the March floods will be mostly demolished.  Officials at the Green Acres Mobile Home Park in Bellevue say only 50 of the more than 130 homes on their property can be saved.  Crews are making sure there is no asbestos in the homes before demolition can start within the next couple of weeks. 

National Broadcasters Association

As Nebraska and Iowa contend with historic flooding, the Nebraska Broadcasters Association is working with member TV and radio stations and the American Red Cross on a one-day fundraising event, “#NebraskaStrong Drive for Flood Relief,” to take place this Friday, March 22nd.  The NBA kicked off the drive today with a $20,000 donation to the American Red Cross.

Links to Traffic, Flood & Weather Conditions

Mar 15, 2019
Wikimedia Commons

The following are links to official sources of information that should provide current traffic, flooding, and weather conditions:

National Weather Service Omaha, Eppley Field

Nebraska 511 Travel Information

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri River Water Management

Work Continues on Gavins Point Dam

Dec 3, 2012

The US Army Corps of Engineers will begin a spillway slab repair project at Gavins Point Dam this month.

The Missouri River is expected to drop nearly three feet at Omaha at the end of this week as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inspects Gavins Point Dam.

OPPD officials say the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station won’t reopen until they’re confident safety issues at the plant are resolved.

Utility leaders met in Washington, D.C., Wednesday with the NRC to update performance issues at the plant. Fort Calhoun Station has been closed since last April. Since then, the NRC has cited OPPD for multiple violations at the plant, including being ill-prepared for a flood. NRC officials say a fire at the plant last June also wasn’t reported within the required time frame.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says additional storage space will be available in the six Missouri River main stem reservoirs this spring.

During a biweekly conference call Friday, Corps officials discussed conditions going in to the start of the spring runoff season, which begins March first. Jody Farhat, Chief of the Omaha District’s Water Management Division, says plains and mountain snowpack are below this time last year.