Nuclear power plant exits emergency status

A flood alert issued at the 830 MW Cooper nuclear power plant in Nebraska has been lifted as water in the nearby Missouri River begins to recede.

The Nebraska Public Power District said July 12 it ended the notice of unusual event at the plant. The plant entered the emergency status June 19 when river levels near the plant rose to above 899 feet mean sea level. They have since dropped to 895.8 feet mean sea level.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and weather forecasts expect water levels to continue to drop with upstream dam releases and no heavy rainfalls.

Operations continued at Cooper throughout the flood threat. The public power utility plans to keep some barricades in place at the site as a precaution.

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