Missouri River Flooding

June 9, 2011 by USA Post 

Missouri River FloodingMissouri River Flooding, Large areas could be flooded and submerged underground circuits powered equipment can be dangerous if it remains excited, wrote Joe Farley, director and executive vice president, in a letter to members, 2 June.“You can not always be aware of the exact areas under water at any given time,” Farley wrote. “We are advising people to stay out of flood water away from all electrical equipment.”

“Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative has switched off power and remove our substation near Modale clay,” said Cathie Shively, manager of member relations and the public for the Le Mars-based G & T. “We are also removing the equipment from a communications tower of 295 meters. The unprecedented precautions are being taken to minimize damage to transformers and other equipment.”

Corn Belt Power Cooperative also monitoring developments. The Humboldt, Iowa-based G & T has the capability of three generating units at coal-fired plants operated by investor-owned MidAmerican Energy. Sandbags and flood barriers have been erected around the three facilities.

“We are expecting the worst flooding we’ve seen since 1993, which was a record year for flooding in the state,” said Kathy Taylor, vice president of corporate relations for the Corn Belt energy.

“Corn Belt Power is a member of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, headquartered in Bismarck, ND,” said Taylor. “We are confident that if faced with a temporary loss of the capacity of our plants in Missouri, to be able to meet the needs of our member co-ops distribution outlet of the basin.”

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