TCPALM: Thumb down: Lake O discharges resume after storm

TCPALM: October 7, 2016. Written by Editorial Board.

The Army Corps of Engineers halted damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee in advance of Hurricane Matthew, but the floodgates reopened almost as soon as the storm had passed.

That's bad news for the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries, which are poised to get doused with even more water from a swelling Lake Okeechobee.

Releases could surge as high as 5,500 cubic feet per second, or 3.5 billion gallons a day, from the Port Mayaca Lock into the St. Lucie Canal. That's about three times the volume prior to Hurricane Matthew.

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