Duke Energy workers now have access to its Brunswick nuclear plant near Wilmington, North Carolina, as flood waters around the station receded, the company said in a report to the NRC yesterday.
Over the weekend workers had limited access the site because of flooding related to Hurricane Florence late last week. The two reactors at the site were shut down on Thursday as a precaution before the arrival of the storm and still remain offline.
Nearly 300 Duke employees, and two NRC “storm riders,” had spent days at the facility, sleeping on cots, using portable toilets and drinking bottled water because county water service is not available. Duke’s aviation service used a helicopter to bring in extra food on Monday.
Duke Energy began ferrying workers by boat out of the Brunswick nuclear plant on Tuesday as the 1,200-acre complex, about 4 miles inland, still remained inaccessible by land.