U.S. Army Corps of Engineers furloughs 200 workers in the Southeast District

STUART, Fla. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that 200 workers in the Southeast District would be furloughed.

According to a Corps spokesman, many of the furloughed employees work in planning roles.

The spokesman said Tuesday's Hoover Dike inspection will go on as planned and that inspectors were not part of the furloughed population.

Lake Okeechobee operations including water discharges and locks will not be impacted, according to the spokesman.

At the St. Lucie Lock Recreation Area in Stuart, campers have heard for days the campground would be shutdown because of the government shutdown.

But on Monday, the park remained open.

"We've been here on a day to day basis. They might shut us down at any moment," Robin Reader, a tourist vacationing from Indiana, said.

The Corps spokesman said recreational areas will remain open for now.

He says they are functioning on a day to day basis and things could change.

"I think Congress needs to get together and make some kind of decision," camper Cindy Reader said.

The Readers and the other campers at the recreation area say they are prepared to be forced to move to another campground.

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