CHICAGO — The Omaha Public Power District, which runs Nebraska's Fort Calhoun nuclear plant, is responding to the current flooding crisis as one would expect from the fourth-highest rated utility in the United States, credit analysts say.

The flood threat comes as the Missouri River hits record levels and is expected to crest near the end of June. In response to the flooding, the OPPD June 6 declared notification of an unusual event, the lowest of four standard emergency levels. Since then, utility officials and U.S. nuclear regulators have repeatedly said projected flood levels will not endanger the plant.

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