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SFWMD Navigation Locks on North Shore of Lake Okeechobee Resume Operations Following Hurricane Irma

SFWMD Navigation Locks on North Shore of Lake Okeechobee Resume Operations Following Hurricane Irma

Navigation locks on the Kissimmee River remain closed

Okeechobee, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) resumed normal operations today at five navigation locks on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee after commercial power to those structures was restored following Hurricane Irma:

  • Okeechobee County: S-193 structure, Taylor Creek.
  • Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek.
  • Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish Camp.
  • Glades County: S-127 structure, Buckhead Ridge.
  • Glades County: S-131 structure, Lakeport.

Boaters navigating into the lake through the S-127 lock at Buckhead Ridge should be aware that floating vegetation may hinder their boats as they try to exit the lock chamber. The SFWMD Okeechobee Field Station is working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to address the issue as quickly as possible.

On the south shore of the lake, the S-310 lock at Clewiston in Hendry County also returned to normal operations on Monday, Sept. 18.

All SFWMD navigation locks on the Kissimmee River and in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes remain closed as the District continues to evaluate their status to determine when they can safely be reopened. The District anticipates resuming normal operations at the S-61 lock on Lake Tohopekaliga in Osceola County as soon as commercial power is restored.

Navigation locks on the Okeechobee Waterway are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For the status of those locks, check navigation notices from the Corps.

Visit www.sfwmd.gov/navigation for more information on navigation closures and a full list of SFWMD-operated locks and their operating hours.

For updates on the District’s recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma, follow @SFWMD_EM on Twitter or visit www.sfwmd.gov/stormupdate.


S-310 Boat Lock to Resume Normal Operations When Lake Okeechobee Reaches 15.5 Feet

S-310 Boat Lock to Resume Normal Operations When Lake Okeechobee Reaches 15.5 Feet

All SFWMD locks on the north shore of the lake and the Kissimmee River remain closed due to Hurricane Irma

Clewiston, FL – The S-310 navigation lock at Clewiston on the south shore of Lake Okeechobee will resume normal operations when the lake level reaches 15.5 feet. SFWMD began staffing the lock on Friday morning, Sept. 15, in preparation. Normal daily operations for the S-310 are from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To ensure boaters’ safety, all SFWMD locks on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River remain closed due to commercial power outages caused by Hurricane Irma. Operations at individual locks on the lake’s north shore will resume as power is restored to each one. The District will continue to evaluate the status of all locks on the Kissimmee River to determine when they can be safely reopened. A full list of SFWMD-operated locks is available at www.sfwmd.gov/navigation.

For the status of navigation locks operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Okeechobee Waterway, check navigation notices from the Corps.

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Temporary Closure of S-135 Lock on Lake Okeechobee Scheduled for Sept. 25

Temporary Closure of S-135 Lock on Lake Okeechobee Scheduled for Sept. 25

The boat lock is one of four on the north shore to be closed for one day each for maintenance

Okeechobee, FL – For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, a temporary closure of the S-135 navigation lock at J&S Fish Camp in Martin County has been scheduled for Monday, September 25. This closure will last one day and is necessary to complete maintenance work for the lock.

The S-135 is one of four navigation locks on the north shore of the lake that will be closed for maintenance. The other day-long maintenance closures are:

  • Today – Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek
  • September 5 – Glades County: S-127 structure, Buckhead Ridge
  • September 7 – Glades County: S-131 structure, Lakeport

To get the latest information on navigation through SFWMD structures and waterways, visit www.sfwmd.gov/navigation.


WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country Events

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 9-17-17

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Okeechobee Discount Drugs in partnership with Project Response offers free HIV testing every Monday from 11am-3pm. All tests are confidential and the results take 15mins. Know your status and stop by Okeechobee Discount Drugs located at 203 S.W. Park Street for your free test!

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Okeechobee County is celebrating it’s Centennial 2017!  Special Events are planned throughout this year to mark this special time in our Community’s history. The Centennial Committee meets the first Monday of every month at noon for planning and discussion. If you would like to become a member of the Committee it is on a volunteer basis outside normal business hours.  Sponsorships are available to help support the Okeechobee County Centennial Committee in making history.  To become a sponsor or for questions regarding any of the events please contact Sharie Turgeon, Facilitator at (863) 763-3959 or tourism@co.okeechobee.fl.us.

 

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The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be starting a new program for seniors in Hendry/Glades county.  It is a Federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program offering a once a month delivery for pick-up of the shelf-stable food for low income seniors who are 60 years or older.   If you would like information about the program, please contact: Annie Noel:  Commodity Supplemental Food Program Coordinator at 239-344-7007 ext. 143 or Bonnie Shop:  Nutrition Site Coordinator for Hope Connections in Buckhead Ridge at  863-763-2404 or come by 30082 East State Road 78  Buckhead Ridge (next to the Fire Dept.)

 

 


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