Lake Okeechobee rising to protect upper Kissimmee Communities.
Lake Okeechobee has risen rapidly after Hurricane Irma. The lake will continue to rise as water flows south from central Florida. Army Corp of Engineers have been releasing over a billion gallons of water a day from the lake.
SFWMD Moving a Maximum Amount of Water to Protect Communities in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes – 5:30 p.m.
To protect homes and businesses in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes area, the South Florida Water Management District is moving as much water as possible out of the region.
Water managers are taking additional actions as lakes continue to rise from a combination of direct rainfall over the area during a 24-hour period over Sept. 14-15 and immense stormwater runoff from Hurricane Irma.