OPPD Continues Monitoring River Level

With the Missouri River now expected to crest below initial expectations, the Omaha Public Power District says some of the pressure is off but the monitoring will continue.

The District says it has taken a number of steps to protect its more than $3 billion in assets and ensure that electricity continues to flow to its more than 346,000 customers.

Workers staged sandbags, sand and bagging equipment on site at the Nebraska City plant in case it would be needed. The levee surrounding the plant has been inspected.

OPPD says Fort Calhoun Station is taking a very conservative approach. It lowered its power levels Friday morning and will hold at reduced power until after the crest passes and no additional increase in the river level is foreseen.

OPPD says workers are preparing for a crest of around 1,002 feet above mean sea level (msl). At that level, only some low-lying spots on the property, including parts of a parking lot, would experience any flooding.

Among other steps, workers already have built sand-filled temporary berms around critical equipment and placed flood doors and mobile pumps near locations where they would be needed.

OPPD says it remains in regular contact with the National Weather Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and numerous emergency management agencies to keep abreast of changing conditions.

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