Levee Breach Near Ft Couper Nuclear Plant

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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.

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 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. 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.
The Nebraska Public Power District owns the nuclear power plant. Spokesman Mark Becker says the plant continues to operate at full capacity.

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