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As Lake O levels rise, so do community concerns


Date: 9/25/2017 3:57:00 PM

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - There's a serious dilemma brewing at Lake Okeechobee. Lake levels have now exceeded 16 feet, which means the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting weekly inspections of the Herbert Hoover Dike. The Corps could start doing

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On Lake Okeechobee, Irma Wipes Out All Everglade Snail Kite Nests

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Date: 9/25/2017 6:03:00 AM

Scientists say Irma destroyed all nests of the endangered Everglade (sic) Snail Kite on Lake Okeechobee. Some 44 Everglade Snail Kite nests were ruined on Lake Okeechobee as Irma raked the state. Paul Gray of Audubon of Florida says it’s an important

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Is This the Worst Hurricane Season Ever? Here’s How it Compares


Date: 9/25/2017 12:30:00 AM

Twenty-eight years later, an estimated 2,500 people drowned when a Category 4 hurricane caused Lake Okeechobee in Florida to overflow, deluging the surrounding area with 10-to-15-foot floods. The 10 deadliest hurricane seasons include only one from within

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Hurricanes Propel Forward Thinking on Risk, Resilience

Date: 9/22/2017 7:15:00 PM

Florida also has big challenges to meet. As Irma bore down on Puerto Rico, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closely tracked its progress, the intensity of the wind and Lake Okeechobee’s projected storm surge and elevation to determine areas of risk

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Restoring Paradise After Hurricane Irma

Date: 9/22/2017 5:12:00 PM

Irma’s rains raised Lake Okeechobee levels to almost 16 feet above sea level, and they’re expected to continue to rise to 17 feet. The Army Corps tries to maintain lake levels between 12.5 and 15.5 feet above sea level by flushing freshwater through

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• River: Kissimmee River
• Length: 135 Miles
• Surface Area: 448,000 Acres
• Drainage Area: 4,600 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 9 Feet
• Length: 35 Miles
Lake Okeechobee, whose name is derived from the Seminole Indian words meaning "big water," is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida. Covering 730 square miles, the lake is exceptionally shallow for it's size, with an average depth of only 9 feet. At full capacity, Lake Okeechobee holds 1 trillion gallons of water and is the headwaters of the Everglades.

Lake Okeechobee is the 7th largest freshwater lake in the United States. It is divided between Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, and Hendry counties, with all five counties meeting at one point near the center of the lake.

Lake Okeechobee is the most visible Florida feature from space. Prior to flood control efforts and development in the watershed, water flow unimpeded from the north through Okeechobee and south through the Everglades.
~ NASA Visit the website of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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