Corps to maintain same water flow rates from Lake Okeechobee

Posted at 2:56 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 14:56:28-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A steady flow of releases from Lake Okeechobee will continue flowing into Southwest Florida through next week.

For months, the Army Corps of Engineers has been dumping water into the Caloosahatchee and St. lucie rivers to stabilize the lake's water level, which officials say actually increased slightly over the last week.

Right now, the lake sits at just under 15-feet, which is much higher than the preferred range of 12-and-a-half-feet.

Current water flow rates of 3,000 cubic feet per second into the Caloosahatchee River will continue, as will the current 1,170 cubic feet per second flowing into the St. Lucie River.

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