Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) officials are monitoring the tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico, and the District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at its lowest activation, Level 3 – monitoring only. The EOC provides direction regarding District activities during an emergency weather event.
The District is currently operating water control structures to lower and maintain all structurally-controlled lakes at their normal operating levels in preparation for the forecasted rainfall, and will continue to analyze rainfall projections, lake levels and river flows and forecasts over the Memorial Day weekend. Staff have conducted mechanical, electrical and power generator checks on all flood control structures. Also, generators and pumps are tested, fueled and ready for deployment if weather conditions deteriorate.
“This tropical system could jump start our summer rainy season, when monthly rainfall averages seven to eight inches per month,” said Granville Kinsman, a Hydrologic Data manager. “The additional rainfall will re-hydrate our soils, which in turn recharges our aquifers, lakes and wetlands.”
District hydrologists say its 16-county coverage area has received approximately seven inches of rainfall since May 1, which has helped the District recover from the eight-month dry season.
For the most updated information, please visit the District’s website at WaterMatters.org.
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