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Army Corps to reduce water flows from Lake Okeechobee

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Posted at 3:34 PM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 15:34:30-05

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will decrease discharges from Lake Okeechobee Friday.

Right now the lake level stands at 16.12 feet. The Army Corps says that's down nearly a foot from its post-Irma high of 17.1 feet.

"The lake remains high, although it continues to recede. We are reducing flows to the coasts based on guidance in the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule. This reflects a balance between conserving water in the lake for this dry season while reducing the lake level prior to next storm season," said Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for South Florida Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds in a news release. 

Weekly inspections continue for the southern half of the Herbert Hoover Dike, the Army Corps said.