Glades residents launch ‘Fix the Dike’ campaign

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.

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Lake levels decrease, daily inspections continue

Lake Okeechobee water levels decrease, daily dike inspections continue

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.

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