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Lake O hits highest level since 2005, raising concerns its dike could fail

Lake Okeechobee is seen from its northern shoreline in July 2016. As of Tuesday, the lake had hit 16.56 feet, the highest level since 2005. Officials fear if it gets much higher it will increase seepage through the lake's dike, causing it to fail. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Rainfall from Hurricane Irma has pushed the water level in Lake Okeechobee to its highest point since 2005. Now, with yet another hurricane possibly headed toward Florida, nearby residents fear a collapse of the 80-year-old dike around the lake.

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