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The Cooper Nuclear Power Station is seen near Brownville, Neb., Sunday, June, 19, 2011 (across the Missouri River from Atchison County, MO). When the Missouri River reached 42.5 feet, or 899 feet above sea level Sunday morning, the Nebraska Public Power District issued a flooding alert for the plant. Cooper is at 903 feet elevation, and NPPD officials said the river would have to climb to 902 feet at Brownville before officials would shut down the plant.

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Levees in northern Missouri breached, overtopped

SE Nebraska nuclear plant declares 'unusual event' due to flooding

Several levees in northern Missouri were failing Sunday to hold back the surge of water being released from upstream dams, and locals braced themselves for more breaches as the Missouri River dipped but then rose again.

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