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  • "A water-filled berm protecting a nuclear power plant in Nebraska from rising floodwaters collapsed Sunday, according to a spokesman, who said the plant remains secure.

    Some sort of machinery came in contact with the berm, puncturing it and causing the berm to deflate, said Mike Jones, a spokesman for the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), which owns the Fort Calhoun plant.

    The plant, located about 20 miles north of Omaha, has been shut since April for refueling.

    "The plant is still protected. This was an additional, a secondary, level of protection that we had put up," Jones said. "The plant remains protected to the level it would have been if the aqua berm had not been added.""

    --"Flood berm bursts at Nebraska nuclear plant," CNN, June 26, 2011

    August 4, 2011