Plan in place to repair Lake Okeechobee dike

Posted at 8:13 AM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 08:13:59-04

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say they're moving forward with repairing the Herbert Hoover dike along Lake Okeechobee.

The Corps says they finally have a definitive plan for completing the rehabilitation of the 143 mile structure.

The repair is a key piece to managing the lake's water levels.  The entire project is expected to cost around $1.7 billion dollars.

The repairs would ensure the safety and well-being of communities surrounding the lake.

"It's important for everyone, the children that live around here, the kids, the families that have grown up here. This is their livelihood and we don't want anyone hurt we don't want loss of lives we don't want any kind of disaster."

Many people say they are skeptical about the plan, thinking this will take too long to complete before another disaster strikes.