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How is recent rain affecting Lake Okeechobee water levels?

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - With the recent rains in South Florida, preparations were taken Tuesday to lower water levels in the canal systems.

South Florida Water Management says this makes room for local drainage from cities and counties. 

Water levels are normal for Lake Okeechobee right now.

The South Florida Water Management says that's because before last week's rain, the area hit a dry spell. But with storms dumping heavy rains over the past week, a few areas are being monitored.

"The real key is how much rainfall falls north of Lake Okeechobee because all of that is a huge basin north of the lake and you have 2 to 4 inches there it's going to put a lot of water into Lake Okeechobee as it moves south," said Randy Smith with South Florida Water Management.

Officials said they will continue to keep a close eye on the rainfall north of Lake Okeechobee as the rainy season nears.

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