High Water Levels At Florida's Lake Okeechobee

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers has activated its emergency operations center in response to high water levels at Lake Okeechobee.

The corps' emergency operations center in Jacksonville was activated Friday. The lake stood at 15.66 feet by Saturday.

The corps fully opened its locks around the lake Thursday to protect the aging Herbert Hoover Dike. Corps spokeswoman Jenn Miller tells The Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/177nLGG ) that inspectors found "minor flow increases" in areas where the earthen dike was known to seep.

Miller says the corps wants to be ready to react to any effects from Tropical Storm Dorian.

Weekly inspections of the dike began this week when the lake's water level reached 15.5 feet. Daily inspections will begin if the water level reaches 16.5 feet.

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