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Waters releases continue to Caloosahatchee due to Lake O levels high for this time of year

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday Lake Okeechobee is nearly three feet higher than it was this time last year.

It all comes down to managing water levels to keep people and the environment safe. We looked at what it means for the rest of dry season.

The end of 2020 packed a punch.

“Ever since those wet months of October and November, it’s been hard to get the lake to recede,” explained John Campbell, a public affairs specialist for the Corps’ Jacksonville district.

The Army Corps is left with Lake Okeechobee lingering above 15 feet, which is around 2 to 3 feet higher than engineers would like to see before the wet season.

“It just leaves a lot of water in the lake with a shrinking window before wet season arrives and a little bit of a race against time,” Campbell said.