Aug. 29, 2019

SFWMD Temporarily Closing Navigation Locks 
Due to Hurricane Dorian

For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River and Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will temporarily close all navigation locks it operates in preparation for the impact of Hurricane Dorian.
The locks will be closed at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, unless changing conditions warrant closing them earlier for public safety. The locks are closed during hurricanes to ensure the safety and SFWMD staff of the public and protect the locks from damage.

To get the latest information on navigation through SFWMD structures and waterways, visit .

When conditions allow, SFWMD operates navigation locks to provide greater access for the public. 
To get the latest information on water volumes throughout the District, including daily levels, visit SFWMD's website at .
Media Contact: 
Jason Schultz  |   [email protected]    |  Office: 561-682-2508  |  Cell: 772-214-7445
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  safeguard and restore South Florida's water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region's water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.
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