Palm Beach County has finally caught up on its March rainfall with the heavy showers and thunderstorms this week.
As of Wednesday, coastal parts of the county had received 3.5 inches of rain, which is 0.17 more than normal, according to the South Florida Water Management District.
Broward and Miami-Dade counties were below normal as of Wednesday, but nearly 5 inches of rain fell in parts of Broward late Wednesday, which is likely to catch parts of that county up.
While coastal Palm Beach needed the rain, Lake Okeechobee did not.
Today, the U.S. Army corps of Engineers said it will maintain the current releases of freshwater from the lake into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries.
That means the St. Lucie estuary is still getting 1,170 cubic feet per second (cfs), or 756 million gallons per day. That’s down from 3,600 cfs that was being released at the maximum levels.
About 3,000 cubic feet per second, or 2 billion gallons per day, is being released to the west into the Caloosahatchee estuary. That’s down from 5,900 cfs when maximum amounts were flowing.
As of this morning, the lake was at 15.1 feet above sea level, which is slightly higher than on Monday. The corps likes to keep the lake at between 12.5 and 15.5 feet.
With the rainy season on the horizon, the corps fears keeping that lake at maximum levels.