TC PALM: Lake O discharges to resume because of Hurricane Irma | Thumb down

TC Palm: Written by TC Editorial Board. September 15, 2017.

The dike around Lake Okeechobee held during Hurricane Irma.

That's the good news.

The bad news is discharges are resuming from Lake O to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon.

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"The lake has risen rapidly over the past week," said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District Commander for the Army Corps of Engineers, in a news release. "With projected inflows, Lake O will rise to around 17 feet."

On Thursday, the lake was at 14.83 feet and rising, according to the Corps. 

"With so much of hurricane season remaining, we want to slow the rise to the extent possible so we retain storage for future events," Kirk said.

Here's we go again. 

Thanks, Irma. 

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