Sept. 15, 2017

SFWMD Moving a Maximum Amount of Water to Protect Communities in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes
The region  received  more than two inches of rain in 24 hours 

West Palm Beach, FL -  To protect homes and businesses in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes area, the S outh Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is moving as much water as possible out of the region. 

Water managers are taking additional actions as lakes continue to rise from a combination of direct rainfall over the area during the last 24 hours and immense stormwater runoff from Hurricane Irma. 
Operations include:
  • All structures upstream of Lake Kissimmee discharging at maximum rates
  • Increased flows through the S-65 structure that moves water from Lake Kissimmee into the Kissimmee River
  • Opening the S-65A boat lock on the Kissimmee River to increase flow; all SFWMD boat locks on the river remain closed to public recreation to facilitate these operations.
  • Monitoring 24-hours a day
For more updates on SFWMD's Hurricane Irma response:
Media Contact: 
Randy Smith |    |  Cell: (561)-682-6197 | Cell: 561-389-3386
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.

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