(SALIX, IA) MidAmerican Energy has activated its flood plan at the Port Neal power plant.
The company has crews on the ground working to protect that facility using Hesco barriers that stand four feet tall. They're also building earthen berms around substations. According to a MidAmerican spokesperson, the company is confident that service will not be interrupted throughout the greater Siouxland area.
"MidAmerican Energy has the capability to generate about 7,000 megawatts of power and on our hottest day last year, we used about 4,500 megawatts of that. So, even on our hottest day we still weren't using our full capacity. And with the Neal Energy Center, that gives us about 1,000 of those 7,000 megawatts, so we really want people to understand that electricity can come from a variety of generation sources that we have," says Tina Poffhoff, Media Relations Manager at MidAmerican Energy.
MidAmerican is also advising people that, as they begin to see water in their basements, they need to contact the company immediately, as there may be a need to disconnect power and gas for safety reasons.