Glades-Area Officials Worry As Lake Nears 17 Feet

posted by Joel Malkin - 

Lake Okeechobee Level

Officials in the western communities of Palm Beach County, near Lake Okeechobee, are worried about seepage as the lake is nearing 17 feet.  According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake O is right now at 16.83 feet.  

Daily inspections will start once the lake hits 17 feet.  

Right now, the Corps is inspecting it twice a week.  Officials say that if the level hist 17.5 feet, water can start seeping out and that's when problems can occur with the aging dike.  

Discharges are temporarily on hold to the north of the lake into the St. Lucie Estuary, but releases are ongoing to the west.

Photo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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