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US Army Corps to suspend water releases from Lake Okeechobee

US Army Corps to suspend water releases from Lake Okeechobee( MGN)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it will be suspend all water flows from Lake Okeechobee starting Monday morning.

The Corps says it will give water managers time to be able to fully assess system conditions.

"We acknowledge the continued interest in water releases from elected officials and the public which stem from limitations of the current water management system," said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District Commander. "We will continue to work with state officials and the South Florida Water Management District to implement all possible measures to create additional options. However, we will likely have to resume releases later in the week to reduce the flood risk that a rising lake presents to people living and working around it."

The Corps previously stopped the flows on June 30 with the intent to restart the flows nine days later.

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