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June 20, 2011BROWNVILLE, NE |  By: Wayman

Cooper Floods

The levee failures in Holt county ironically was good news for our region's nuclear power plant.

Officials at Cooper Nuclear at Brownville Nebraska say the flooding Missouri River came with 18 inches of triggering a shut-down of the power plant yesterday before the levee failures relieved pressure. In fact Sunday's level in the Missouri was a new record at Brownville, topping even the 1993 flooding. The river has since dropped some, but the flooding is expected to continue through August. More than 5,000 tons of sand has already been brought in to the nuclear complex to keep flood waters at bay and officials say they will close down the plant from producing electricity if the river rises within a foot of the level the complex sits at.