The power plant, Indian Point, provides power to millions of people in New York City and Westchester County, a county just to the north of New York City.
I want to assure everyone that the power plant did not explode. A transformer (a device that takes electricity manufactured by the plant and converts it to a level usable by the public) failed and caught on fire. The fire was extinguished but reunited, was extinguished again, and chemicals from the fire were released into the Hudson River. Now, there are pollution concerns.
There was no release of radiation, according to authorities, but, again, there are concerns about the release of this fluid into the Hudson River. Also, according to authorities, there have been other incidents.
Quoting from the New York Times:
"Mr. Cuomo [NY's governor] said there had been too many emergencies recently involving Indian Point. Unit 3 was shut down Thursday morning for an unrelated issue — a water leak on the nonnuclear side of the plant.
“We have to get to the bottom of this,” the governor said."
In the meantime, the plant remains offline.
If there had been an incident Saturday night, we would have been there to help evacuate my mother in law and developmentally disabled brother in law. But we wouldn't even have known the evacuation route to use. Would there have been buses available? My mother in law no longer drives at night.
Just another aspect of long distance caregiving.