Flooding waters impact Omaha’s sewage treatment plants
OMAHA, Neb. — Record-setting flood levels have forced the city of Omaha to shut down one of the city’s sewage treatment plants.
This closure does not have any impact on the city’s drinking water, but experts are warning the public to stay out of the floodwater. The closed treatment plant is releasing an estimated 65 million gallons of raw sewage into the river every day.
This week’s flooding has shut down many communities in the area, and even threatens the Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownsville, Neb. Officials say that the station will be closed if the Missouri River’s level hits 45 feet.
The floods caused by last week’s major storm system are setting records in many communities, reminding some of the Great Flood of 1993. That flooding event caused up to $15 billion in damages across the Midwest. This flood has already left its mark on Nebraska after the Spencer Hydroelectric Dam broke on Thursday.