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Lake Okeechobee discharges will continue, Army Corps says

13,000 gallons per second being released into St. Lucie River
Posted at 6:10 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 18:10:02-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Water discharges from Lake Okeechobee will continue for at least another week.

Col. Andrew Kelly, with the Army Corps of Engineers, says the lake is currently at 16.33 feet.

Kelley said if there are no heavy rains, next week's decision will probably be different.

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Until then, releases from the lake will continue into the St. Lucie Estuary at 1,800 cubic feet or 13,000 gallons per second.

"Given the fact that the lake is higher than normal and that the wet season has not ended yet, and there's an active Atlantic still on-going, we are not comfortable with the lake continuing to rise," Kelly said. "As soon as we can, we'll stop, or reduce I should say, releases to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie."

The discharges started on Oct. 14 to bring the lake level down.