Hurricane Irma: Mandatory Evacuations Ordered South Of Lake Okeechobee

"STUART, Fla. — Officials in Florida’s Palm Beach County announced a mandatory evacuation for communities south of Lake Okeechobee in an 'overabundance of caution' ahead of Hurricane Irma.

There are questions about the conditions of the Herbert Hoover Dike along the southern border of the lake, Vice Mayor Melissa McKinley said in a news conference Thursday night.

'We have assurances from the Army Corps of Engineers that the integrity of the dike is good,' McKinley said."

Caryn Shaffer reports for the USA Today Network September 8, 2017.


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Source: USA TODAY, 09/08/2017