Nuclear Worker: “Imminent flood coming” near nuke plant from Hurricane Harvey… “Potentially catastrophic”… Running out of food… Working tirelessly to manage problems… Area turned “upside down” — Nearby river forecast to rise 50 ft and overtop levees, “Major Flood Stage” (VIDEO)

Published: August 28th, 2017 at 3:21 am ET
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Toronto Star, Aug 27, 2017 (emphasis added): Canadian engineer Raihan Khondker said his family safely left their home in southeastern Texas, but he was forced to return to the Bay City area as part of a support team at a nuclear power plant. For three days, Khondker, who is from Toronto, has been working tirelessly to manage “one thing after another,” driving through water-choked streets to bring supplies to engineers at the plant who are running out of food. Khondker said houses in his neighbourhood have been turned “upside down,” and rising waters in a nearby river threatens to send a potentially catastrophic flood into the area. “Every single creek in the neighbourhood is full,” he said. “There is an imminent flood coming to Bay City, we just don’t know how much water we are going to see.”

Wikipedia: The South Texas Nuclear Project Electric Generating Station… is a nuclear power station southwest of Bay City, Texas, United States. The STNP occupies a 12,200-acre (4,900 ha) site on the Colorado River… Location: Matagorda County

Bay City Tribune, Aug 27, 2017: National Weather Service: Rainfall predictions for Matagorda County… Total county precipitation estimated through Friday, Sept. 1 will be 15 to 25 inches. Possible “unprecedented” rainfall through Friday. Catastrophic flooding is ongoing with flash flood emergencies remaining in effect. The threat for continued additional catastrophic, unprecedented, and life threatening flooding continues today and into next week… Harvey is drifting southeast towards Matagorda Bay… Tornado threat continues with rain bands coming onshore and moving inland. Have had multiple tornadoes reported with damage

Bay City Tribune, Aug 27, 2017: 48-hour rainfall estimates for Matagorda County is 12.89 inches with parts of the county receiving over 20 inches… The Bay City police department has reported they are receiving over 100 calls per hour. Currently Matagorda County is still under a mandatory evacuation. According to EOC chair Judge Nate McDonald and Sheriff Skipper Osborne, the only people allowed to enter must have proper credentials. The list includes persons with a red EOC badge affixed to their driver’s license, plant workers with plant ID to go to work, essential city, county and district employees…

The Weather Channel, Aug 27, 2017: The [Colorado] river may overtop levees by several feet in Bay City.

According to National Weather Service, the Colorado River near Bay City was at a depth of around 2 feet on Aug 24, 2017. The river is forecast to be over 51 ft this week, an increase of nearly 50 feet — and at a “Major Flood Stage”.

Washington Post, Aug 27, 2017: [C]atastrophic flooding continues to plague Southeast Texas in the wake of the storm. The worst fears of flooding have been realized with Harvey. Close to three feet of rain has already fallen in Southeast Texas, and there’s still more to come. It’s the most extreme rainfall the region has ever witnessed… The National Hurricane Center said isolated storm rainfall totals could reach 50 inches, which would rival some of the most extreme rain events in U.S. history and break the state rainfall record in Texas… “This disaster’s going to be a landmark event,” Brock Long, FEMA administrator, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “This is a storm that the United States has not seen yet.”…

ABC News, Aug 27, 2017: “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service (NWS) tweeted this morning.

Watch ABC’s broadcast here

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