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Lake Okeechobee water levels remain low

Posted at 9:22 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 11:17:06-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Even with all the rain in Southwest Florida, Lake Okeechobee’s water level is staying pretty low.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says at last check the lake sits at just over 11 feet. That's a huge difference considering last year the lake was over 14 feet.

This is good news for residents in Southwest Florida. When the lake levels are low, a lot less water is released into the Caloosahatchee and Saint Lucie river basins.

Since June 1st, the Corps has been releasing an average of 450 cubic feet per second of water into the Caloosahatchee. That's the lowest flow rate in several years. No water is being released into the St. Lucie River. .