The Cooper nuclear-powered generating station in Nebraska was still operating at full power Monday morning but still ready for a potential shutdown as flood reached record levels in the region.
Nebraska Public Power District has been preparing for the worst since Friday. Flooding along the Missouri River reached critical levels after a massive winter storm last week, according to Reuters.
Yet the nuclear power plant was still producing electricity despite the water creeping up all around it. Photos shown on the Facebook page of Col. Michael Manion, commander of the 55th Wing Air Force unit, showed flood waters on the Offutt base runway.
The so-called “bomb cyclone” storm which hit the Plains and Midwest U.S. last week resulted in high waters in its wake as snow melt. Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have declared states of emergency.
The Cooper Nuclear Station produces about 820 MW, enough to power more than 300,000 homes. Nebraska Public Power District has a support service agreement with Entergy Nuclear on the plant through 2029.
Cooper is licensed federally through 2034.