Water Management District draining water from the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - More than one week after Tropical Storm Isaac flooded parts of South Florida, the South Florida Water Management District continued to drain water from the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area.

On Friday, crews worked to lower a gravel section of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road  to drain water from the wildlife area to an area east of there near Bee Line Highway.

The water would flow into the C-18 canal.

"The water is a record highs on the Corbett site. And, it's putting pressure on a levee that's between the Corbett and the Indian Trails Improvement District, which is a populated area," said Jeff Kivett, a bureau chief at SFWMD. "We are looking at trying to relieve that pressure off of the levee by removing the water as fast as we can."

Kivett said the crews had worked 14-hour days to drain the wildlife area.

The work was expected to be completed late Friday or early Saturday.

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