We are urging members of the Florida Legislature and Congress to fully fund and expedite repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike. It’s up to all of us to advocate for the safety and protection.
Sign the Petition to #FixTheDike
I am signing the #FixTheDike petition to fix the Herbert Hoover Dike because I want to:
- The 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane resulted in in the death of more than 2,500 people, making it the second deadliest hurricane in U.S. history.
- Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, prompting the federal government to look closely at which structures remain at risk.
- A risk assessment conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after Hurricane Katrina showed that the Herbert Hoover Dike is one of the most “at risk/susceptible to failure” dams in the nation and must be repaired.
- When the dike failed previously, flood waters spread all the way to Miami. Today, the lives and property of more than 6.5 million Floridians in South Florida are at risk if the Herbert Hoover Dike fails again.
- Current plans don’t call for completion of dike repairs until 2025—at least 8 more years of fear and uncertainty is unacceptable).
Protect Glades and South Florida Communities:
- Prior to Hurricane Irma, the state of Florida called for a mandatory evacuation of all Glades communities due to uncertainty of the Herbert Hoover Dike.
- Any uncertainty over the safety of living in proximity to the Herbert Hoover Dike threatens the lives, the communities and the livelihood as well as economic security.
- The funding Florida is seeking will protect the Glades communities – along with all of South Florida – sooner by expediting Herbert Hoover Dike repairs and will be money well spent.
Further Florida’s Preservation:
- The primary benefit to fixing the dike is greater safety, however, completing dike repairs also will allow federal regulators to revisit the current temporary Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS 8) that controls lake levels.
- The damage to the coastal estuaries from Lake Okeechobee discharges is a manmade crisis due primarily to concerns about the integrity of the dike while rehabilitation/repair efforts are underway.
- Expediting repairs to the dike – along with completing other ongoing authorized Everglades restoration projects – will ensure that water management decisions for Lake Okeechobee are not solely based on dike safety concerns that continually force large, damaging discharges to our coastal estuaries.
By signing this petition, I am urging members of the Florida Legislature and Congress to fully fund and expedite repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike. It’s up to all of us to advocate for safety and protection of Glades and South Florida communities.
In the Media
Last week, Congressman Alcee Hastings joined our efforts to #FixTheDike by signing our petition. Congressman Hastings understands the concerns of Glades residents and was instrumental in organizing a meeting between the Army Corps of Engineers and our communities. The Corps gave a firsthand update to Glades residents on rising water levels in Lake Okeechobee and inspections of the Herbert Hoover Dike, and allowed us to express our concerns. We are proud to have his support and look forward to other community leaders joining this cause.
“On behalf of the Guardians of the Glades and Glades Lives Matter, we thank Congressman Hastings for supporting a cause that protects South Florida, honors our heritage, and takes live-savings measures to fortify the Herbert Hoover Dike. We appreciate Congressman Hastings’ strong leadership on this issue and for knowing what a stronger dike means for our communities. As we saw during the mandatory evacuations before Hurricane Irma, flooding still poses a tremendous threat to our people and our way of life.”
-Tammy Jackson-Moore and Janet Taylor, Co-Chairwomen of #FixTheDike
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OKEECHOBEE — At the kickoff gathering for a petition drive to “Fix the Dike” on Oct. 19 at the site of the Port Mayaca memorial to the victims of the 1928 hurricane, Glades area residents called on state and federal officials to speed dike repairs.
“We are here today because today is the day we can no longer wait to fix the dike. The dike was built to protect those communities that surround Lake Okeechobee from devastating floods from hurricanes and insurmountable rainfall,” said Tammy Jackson-Moore of Guardians of the Glades.Okeechobee News
Lake levels have dropped to just over 17 feet in Lake Okeechobee, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to inspect the Herbert Hoover Dike.
“Doing daily inspections,” said Army Corps Dam Safety Engineer Almur Whiting.
Thursday inspectors were surveying the dike from Port Mayaca to Moore Haven.WPTV