Lake O discharges? With all this rain, it's beginning to feel inevitable

Article Posted on May 21, 2018

By: Gil Smart, Treasure Coast Newspapers

Rain, rain go away.

Or we're in trouble.

After a parched dry season, the heavens opened up on May 14 and it's done little but rain ever since.

That's caused headaches for motorists dealing with flooded roads. It's also beginning to cause problems for our estuary — and far worse could be on the way.

Specifically, Lake Okeechobee is beginning to swell. And if the rain — which has pummeled not just the Treasure Coast but much of Florida — continues as predicted, the lake might not have the capacity to absorb the coming summer rainfall.

That means history could repeat itself…

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