NBC: Water continues to rise in area near New Jersey nuclear plant under flood emergency (AUDIO)

Published: October 30th, 2012 at 2:43 am ET
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>>> Follow-up to: Reuters: Just 6 more inches of water could submerge NJ nuclear plant's pump to cool spent fuel pool -- 25 hours to boiling without more coolant -- New footage of flooding nearby (VIDEO) <<<

WNBC New York reporter in Seaside Heights, NJ (10 mi. north of Oyster Creek nuclear plant):

Transcript Excerpts

  • We’re stranded
  • At around 7:30 last night before high tide the water came gushing in [Same time as NRC alert]
  • (Reporter Surprised) The water seems to be only creeping up… Water continues to just gush through
  • It’s been like this since around 7:30 last night
  • Our truck is pretty much submerged

Watch the WNBC broadcast here

Published: October 30th, 2012 at 2:43 am ET
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11 comments to NBC: Water continues to rise in area near New Jersey nuclear plant under flood emergency (AUDIO)

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Oh, well, if the water is "only creeping up" there is nothing to worry about.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Now where is that duct tape, to seal up the doors against that pesky water?

    Oh yea, on the floor of the flooded closet down in the basement.

    Darn…

    Maybe we can use baling wire?

    Hmmmm, have to call some experts at the NRC and issue an event notice..

    Flooded duct tape… nothing to worry about. no radiation released.


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    • jump-ball

      Right before the rising Missouri River flood level approached the buildings at the Fort Calhoun NE nuclear plant last year, Omaha's KETV described the plant managers actually using duct tape and sandbags on and up against the doors to the control rooms. But the operators, the regulators and the print and broadcast media made sure that the endangered citizens were never unnecessarily alarmed about the close call disaster that was narrowly averted.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Anyone know why these buttons no longer work? How come the pumps stopped working?

    Maybe the boss will give us a day off… after all, why be here if everything stopped working?


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    THis storm served as a reminder about how thin the veneer we call civilization really is…

    A puny Cat 1 hurricane shut down the stock exchange and the whole financial business world in the financial center of the world, emptied a LARGE city, flooded the subways, started huge fires, shut down multiple power plants by FORCE, flooded multiple airports, shut down air traffic and trains, put a crimp in a Presidential election race, and is threatening to wipe out whole areas due to nuclear plant meltdowns.


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  • jec jec

    It not "punying"..1000 miles wide of gale force winds..flooding water on the east side..2 foot to 3 foot of WET SNOW on the west side..25 ft waves on the Great Lakes. And on the more south side..just major flooding..and winds in the 40s for a couple days. WE are living this storm..as we are in Virginia on the Atlantic coastline near Hatteras. Lost a 180ft historic vessel/Bounty yesterday off Hatteras..Capt and First Mate were lost. So not PUNY to us..And there are 26 nuke plants in this area..7 million and nuke plants with flooding/gale/NO POWER. Its still 65 mph winds right NOW.


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    • Sickputer

      AGR meant no disrespect Jec, because every direct hit by a hurricane on a major city is always a big mess. He's just saying what if the storm had been a Camille or Andrew or Katrina?

      Or even worse.. A massive ocean earthquake with a 50 foot tsunami? If something on that extent hits a major US city the death toll would be enormous. Mother Nature can make a terrorist attack look like a minor flesh wound.

      The Great Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami in 2004 was a 9.1 to 9.3 earhquake and registered the longest duration of faulting ever observed, between 8.3 and 10 minutes. Over 200,000 people were killed on impact by the giant waves and eight of these water deaths occurred in South Africa 5,000 miles from the earthquake.

      No, Sandy was not puny by any description, but it was far less deadly than some of the storms and disasters we have experienced in the past 50 years. Every storm is unique though and Sandy's effects have yet to be gauged for full social costs. Lives were lost and business and family economies ruined. Frankenstorm will leave a unique mark in the history books and serve as a grim reminder mankind is a highly civilized carbon form on a very huge planet, but is very vulnerable to the forces of nature. Mother Nature is not puny, but we are.


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  • VanneV anne

    “The NRC spokesman said the company could use water from a fire suppression system to cool the pool if necessary. The used uranium rods in the pool could cause the water to boil in about 25 hours without additional coolant; in an extreme scenario the rods could overheat, risking the eventual release of radiation….”
    http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_hurricane-sandy-slows-us-nuclear-plants-oldest-declares-alert_1758073


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