Miltary helicopters looking for new signs of trouble at flooded Ft. Calhoun nuke plant

Published: July 10th, 2011 at 1:28 pm ET


Soldiers watch over levees, Omaha World Herald, July 10, 2011:

The military helicopter’s black shadow dances on an engorged Missouri River as the aircraft slowly loops the flood-encircled Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station — the same left-leaning turns the pilot navigated two days prior.

Warrant Officer Boe Searight, 32, with the Nebraska Air National Guard […] and his colleague Chief Warrant Officer 2 Eric Schriner also are looking for new signs of trouble for the flooded plant.

“Keep daily eyes on it and see if anything changes,” says Schriner, 31. […]

Published: July 10th, 2011 at 1:28 pm ET


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21 comments to Miltary helicopters looking for new signs of trouble at flooded Ft. Calhoun nuke plant

  • TraderGreg

    I was wondering why it is so quiet about the FCS. I guess the clock is still ticking on this one.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Me too. This is not good.

      • mikey

        Not good and just plain dumb I mean what will the military copters do if they spot trouble anyway? Fire a sidewinder at it??

    • bluerthanblu bluerthanblu

      Not to be facetious but maybe they waiting for the next set of thunderstorms due the end of this week. Given triple digit temps in the south around the same time, the potential for cold/hot to mix it up violently in rain and tornados is expected. Very scary situation given that recent thunderstorm raised the water at Garrison in the last couple of days. If the spillway breaks from even more water flow, hope there’s time to alert the towns below! God only knows what this would do to Fort Calhoun down the road, although flood water is certainly capable of exiting in a flash flood sideways at various weak levee points. Brrrr, I shudder to think.

  • Radnet levels show Nebraska above normal in beta radiation. Cities in adjacent states are “under review” (aka too high to report).

    However, the jet stream is dipping down a bit from Canada so these elavated levels could be from Fukushima

    Des Moines Iowa under review
    Mason city Iowa under review
    Kansas City under review
    Wichita Kansas under review
    Lincoln Nebraska beta 97
    Omaha Nebraska beta 134

    jet stream

  • M Curie M Curie

    Fort Calhoun 7/7/11. LOSS OF POWER TO 10 EMERGENCY SIRENS

    “Power has been removed from 10 (out of 101) sirens due to flooding conditions. [Three] out of 5 sirens in Pottawattamie county, 4 of 18 in Harrison county and 3 of 78 in Washington county. There are compensatory measures in place to ensure notification to any members of the public that may still be in these areas. The station is also suspending testing and reporting (performance indicator) data for these sirens in accordance with NEI 99-02. All of these sirens serve areas for which there are no residents requiring evacuation. This is being reported per 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii)) for ‘Any event that results in a major loss of emergency assessment capability, offsite response capability, or communications capability’.”

  • M Curie M Curie

    The “events” reported to the NRC cover everything from “misplaced” radioactive materials to patients receiving incorrect medical doses and even the wrong person being treated.

    Updated daily. Makes “interesting” reading!

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Ideas for action:
    I asked some intimidating questions to the mayor of my town, which is 50 km away from Cattenom in France (4 reactors, incidents all year round):
    1.) where are the iodine pills for children / pregnant women? Who will distribute them if nobody is allowed to leave the house?
    2.) Where are the evacuation plans for our town of 100.000? Show me, please.
    3.) How will we be made aware of a disaster in the middle of the night if TV / radio are off? Elderly? Foreigners?

    Answers given:
    1.) pills are stored in a town 180 km away from here. “Somebody” will drive and get them “if necessary”. Disribution? (shrugs shoulders)
    2.) Evacuation plans are existing for a 20 km radius around the plant. Further away? (shrugs shoulders)
    3.) In case of an emergency, Areva will send A FAX to the Mayor’s office (who will be NOT there at that time, and even if, won’t have the slightest idea what to do).

    I’m just telling you this to maybe encourage you to ask similar questions in your town. Let’s give these assholes a headache.

    • moonkai

      hahaha … awesome! Everyone should do that ! If I find a good translator, I will send a similar letter to dumb shit Ishihara (governor of Tokyo) and his clan .

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Pretty soon there will be military presence from the headwaters of the Missouri to the bottom of the Mississippi.
    ..a little howdy to the folks at Port Fouchon.
    Still guarding the oily sea?
    Next comes..looting in Los Alamos…
    The National Guard controlling the movement of the people.
    But..but..the military makes us feel safe……………