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Lee County requests President Trump's help with Lake Okeechobee water discharges

Posted at 6:42 AM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 18:50:31-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The impact of water releases from Lake Okeechobee now has President Trump's attention. 

Lee County commissioners will sign an official request from him.

Monday morning, Lee County Commissioners will sign a resolution for President Trump to grant the US Army Corps of Engineers maximum flexibility to release fewer discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the rivers to the east and west, and instead flow the water south through the Everglades.

Last Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to request dedicated funding for Everglades resolution and a grant to help with Lake O water releases.

Over the weekend, the Army Corps started slowing down discharges.

As of Monday, the water level is at 14.05 feet.

They said water flows will change depending on the rain so Sunday’s heavy rainfall likely heightened the water levels.

They said the reduced releases will change over the course of seven days, which ends on Friday.

Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass held a ceremonial signing of the resolution at 10 a.m. Monday morning at the old county courthouse in downtown Fort Myers.