The amount of water released from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers will be “maximized” as the lake level reaches a 10-year high.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today it would remove specific target flows from the current release schedule and dump as much water as practical through Moore Haven and Port Mayaca locks.
“Even with the discharges that started last week, the lake continues to rise,” said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District Commander. “With additional rain in the forecast, we believe we must further increase flows to reverse the upward trend of the lake.”
The lake level is at 16.25 feet, the highest its been since Dec. 12, 2005.