WPTV: Water sent through St. Lucie Dam amid flood concerns

WPTV: Written by Andrew Lofholm. May 16, 2018.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - UPDATE:

On Wednesday, the gates remained open, but water flow was lower than what was released Tuesday. An Army Corps of Engineers spokesman said the gates will open and close based on weather in the area. No lake water is being released. Any decision to release lake water will be well publicized.

Rain runoff in the swelling St. Lucie Canal was being sent eastward through the St. Lucie Lock and Dam at a rate of 1.2 billion gallons of water per day, which would fill 1,800 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Officials worried about flooding after recent rainfall.

The canal is about 20 miles from the eastern edge of Lake Okeechobee.

Video shot by St. Lucie River Activist Kenny Hinkle Jr., shows four of the seven so-called “gates of hell” open, unleashing problematic fresh water into the St. Lucie River.

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