Officials keeping an eye on OPPD plant in Nebraska City

Officials keeping an eye on OPPD plant in Nebraska City
Water levels near the river side of Nebraska City Station on March 15.

NEBRASKA CITY – Rising water levels along the Missouri River forced the Omaha Public Power District to shift its response to the Nebraska City Station.

Gauges in place in waterways may have been damaged because of debris and ice in the river and tributaries.

Officials have been focusing on plant protection after river waters started encroaching on the levee. They decided to power down the plant on Friday night. This was done as a safety measure in light of the flooding threat.

There were concerns that floodwaters would overtop the levee that helps protect the plant. A lower-lying area on the levee about one mile south of the plant is being closely monitored as waters rise. OPPD will also use aerial inspections to monitor the levee.

Officials said a handful of essential employees will remain at the plant to monitor the shutdown, even after sandbag protection measures ended.

The two other generation plants along the river – North Omaha and Fort Calhoun – are “in good shape with their flood preparations.”

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