Scott to make funding announcement about dike

Scott to make funding announcement about dike

Gov. Rick Scott is expected to make a funding announcement Monday regarding the Herbert Hoover Dike.

Scott will be in Clewiston to make a big announcement at 10 a.m. about funding repairs to the aging dike.

This announcement comes after President Trump promised to speed up repairs to the 80-year-old dike just last week.

Right now, the Lake Okeechobee's water level is a little more than 17 feet.

The Herbert Hoover Dike surrounds Lake Okeechobee and protects tens of thousands of people from what could be catastrophic flooding.

After Hurricane Irma, many worried about the strength of the dike as the water level continued to rise.

Right now, the Army Corps of Engineers is working on a repair project that should be complete in 2025, but the governor wants it done by 2022.

That would require an extra $200 million in funding per year.

The Army Corps has been doing regular checks of the dike since Hurricane Irma and so far has not found any major issues.

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