As Lake Okeechobee Levels Rise, So Do Community Concerns

The Army Corps of Engineers is now conducting regular inspections of the Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee due to its unusually high levels following Hurricane Irma.  

The lake's level rose to over 16 feet Monday, prompting federal officials to start weekly checks of the levee surrounding the lake to ensure its structural integrity.  

The Corps is conducting daily freshwater releases to both coasts using the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

Should lake levels reach more than 17 feet, the Corps could start conducting daily inspections. 

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