Levee Ring Keeps a South Florida Lake Seeking a Way Out

Sawyer, Tom
October 2005
ENR: Engineering News-Record;10/24/2005, Vol. 255 Issue 16, p28
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The article reports that South Florida's 730-sq-mile Lake Okeechobee has been likened to "a sleepy, fat baby, stirring into tantrums when winds rock her awake." But the dike-encircled lake also is a killer, having burst its banks in hurricanes twice in the 1920s, killing thousands. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is confident that the dike, which protects 40,000 people, can withstand the winds of strong hurricanes. It is isolated from the sea so storm surge is limited to what the wind could do with lake water.


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