NEWS-PRESS: Corps to increase flows from Lake O into the Caloosahatchee

NEWS-PRESS: September 15, 2016. Written by Staff.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will increase flows from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee during the next week.

The lake stage was 15.36 feet on Thursday, up 0.26 feet over the past week. Army Corps protocols say the lake should be kept between 12.5 feet and 15.5 feet above sea level in order to protect people and property around the lake.

The Hoover Dike surrounds the lake, protecting the towns to the south from flooding.

“We expect the lake to be in the 15.5 foot range by this time next week,” said Candida Bronson, acting operations division chief for the Jacksonville District.. “At that level, we increase inspections of the dike to ensure continued safe operation. We still have seven weeks remaining in the wet season. Even without a significant weather event, we expect that the lake will be above 16 feet by the end of November.”

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