Nuclear power plant in Nebraska could be turned off due to Flooding, NWS in Omaha evacuated

Spencer dam in North Central Nebraska failed earlier Thursday morning, leading to flash flood emergencies in large sections of the state.

The powerful storm system that brought blizzard conditions to large portions of the Black Hills and South Dakota is causing flood emergencies in Nebraska.


The National Weather Service in Omaha Nebraska is currently evacuating and shutting down their radar due to a levee failure at the Union Dike, flood waters are currently rushing into the warned area. The Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville, NE could also shut down due to rising flood waters. If the Missouri River reaches 45.5 feet, the plant must shut down. It is currently at 42.5 feet and rising.

Officials from the plant say things are running at 100% currently, and have plans in place should flood waters rise. You can read their statement HERE

The area has received almost 1-3 inches of rain with this last major storm. Large-scale snow melt has also increased the overall water content, causing rivers and streams to overflow their banks, and levees to fail. The Spencer Hydroelectric dam at the Niobrara river was lost when the dam failed earlier on Thursday morning.

Flood warnings are in effect for Nearly the entirety of Eastern Nebraska, portions of Sioux Falls and Yankton, South Dakota. Warming weather and rapid snow melt is in the forecast for the area, but no further rain is in the short range forecast.

The National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska is taking over duties from the displaced NWS employees in Omaha while the flood threat remains.

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