Okeechobee at risk

  • Army Corps of Engineers replacing culverts in the 80 year old Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee in Canal Point,here they place sand on Culvert 11 on August 6th ,2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Army Corps of Engineers replacing culverts in the 80 year old Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee in Canal Point on August 6th ,2013. Here is the steel retaining wall part of the coffer dam to protect culvert 11 construction site from the lake. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Water pours out of lake Okeechobee from the Port Mayaca dam.All four of the gates are open on August 6th ,2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Bicyclists ride atop the 80 year old Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee in Pahokee on August 6th ,2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • The 80 year old Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee in Port Mayaca on August 6th ,2013. The lake is on the left and the rim canal is on the right. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Harri Laos Galanopoulos,Senior Project engineer for Army Corps of engineers for culverts 11 and 16, shows the covered head wall at site for culvert 16 that is under construction now.Army Corps of Engineers is replacing culverts in the 80 year old Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee in Canal Point on August 6th ,2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Fishermen ride their bikes along the Lake Okeechobee Scenic trail atop the 80 year old Herbert Hoover Dike near Belle Glade on August 6th ,2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Water from Lake Okeechobee pours through the dam at Port Mayaca on August 6th ,2013. Harri Laos Galanopoulos, Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Culvert 16 that will be replaced by theArmy Corps of Engineers in the 80 year old Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee in Canal Point on August 6th ,2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • The new culvert 11 replaced by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 80 year old Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee in Canal Point on August 6th ,2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Steel wall holds back water from Lake Okeechobee as the Army Corps of Engineers replace culvert 11 at the 80 year old Herbert Hoover Dike in Canal Point on August 6th ,2013. Harri Laos Galanopoulos, Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Army Corps of Engineers replacing culverts in the 80 year old Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee in Canal Point build a coffer dam in front of culvert 16 on August 6th ,2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Bicyclists ride atop the 80 year old Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee in Pahokee on August 6th ,2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff