Lower forecast river levels have taken some of the pressure off the Omaha Public Power District but the District will continue to watch the levels and keep an eye on the skies for more rain.
Lower forecast river levels have taken some of the pressure off the Omaha Public Power District but the District will continue to watch the levels and keep an eye on the skies for more rain. The District 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.
The District learned a lot during the 2011flooding and used that information in its preparations. Workers staged sandbags, sand and bagging equipment on site at the Nebraska City plant in case it would be needed and inspected the levee surrounding the plant.
Fort Calhoun Station is taking a very conservative approach. It lowered its power levels this morning and will hold at reduced power until after the crest passes and further river level increases are not foreseen. This provides more flexibility if conditions change. 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 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. We will be proactively keeping the public aware of precautions the District is taking throughout this event.