The level of Lake Okeechobee is being closely monitored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding the lake. Real time, the lake is at 16.32 feet, which is higher than the Corps prefers to keep it this time of the year.
It's risen well over two feet since Hurricane Irma and with a tropical disturbance expected to bring a significant amount of rain over our area this weekend, the feds could increase the amount of inspections they do at the dike.
There have been no areas of concern about the structural integrity of the dike discovered during the last three inspections.
Once the lake's level gets above 17 and a half feet is where they have seen issues in the past.
The South Florida Water Management District has started lowering canals ahead of the expected rain.