October 30, 2012

Part of a nuclear power plant in New York was shut down late on Monday while another plant — the nation’s oldest — was put on alert after waters from superstorm Sandy rose six feet (1.8 meters) above sea level.

One of the units at Indian Point, a plant about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of New York City, was shut down around 10.45 pm because of external electrical grid issues said Entergy Corp, which operates the plant. The company said there was no risk to employees or the public, and the plant was not at risk due to water levels from the Hudson River, which reached 9 feet 8 inches (2.97 meters) and was subsiding. Another unit at the plant was still operating at full power.

Meanwhile, the number of houses destroyed by a fire in a flooded neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens rose from 24 to 50.

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