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Water flows from Lake Okeechobee reduced again

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Posted at 2:54 PM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 14:54:17-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- More relief is on the way for the Caloosahatchee River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday their plans to further slow-down water releases from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers.

This is the second decrease in discharges in two weeks.

The discharges were increased back in September to counter the storm water run-off after Hurricane Irma, which caused the lake’s water level to rise significantly.

But since then, the corps says the level has begun to decline after reaching its peak of 17 feet.

The new average water flow rates will be 4,000 cubic feet per second into the Caloosahatchee, and 1,800 cfs in the St. Lucie.

Two weeks ago, they were reduced to 6,500 and 2,800 cfs.