Neb. Nuclear Plant Gets Relief from Levee Breach

6 years 11 months 2 days ago Friday, June 24 2011 Jun 24, 2011 Friday, June 24, 2011 7:49:53 AM CDT June 24, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

BROWNVILLE, Neb. (AP) - The failure of a Missouri River levee in northwest Missouri is offering a brief reprieve from flooding for southeast Nebraska near the Cooper nuclear power plant.

The National Weather Service says the river level dropped more than a foot at Brownville to 43.1 feet Friday morning after Thursday's levee breach upstream in northwest Missouri.

Before the breach, the river had been 44.8-feet-deep at Brownville on Thursday. The weather service predicts the river to
return to that depth over the weekend.

The Nebraska Public Power District owns the nuclear power plant. The river would have to rise to 46.5 feet before reaching Cooper, but the plant would be shut down as a precaution if the river reached 45.5 feet.

Spokesman Mark Becker says the plant continues to operate at full capacity.

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