SFWMD Crew Stops Water Flow, Repairs Loxahatchee Berm
October 28, 2016
Loxahatchee, FL - Engineers and heavy equipment crews from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today swiftly stopped water flowing from an Indian Trails Improvement District (ITID) berm that breached – but caused no damage – west of The Acreage in Palm Beach County.
By 11 a.m. today, the emergency operation lead by SFWMD's West Palm Beach Field Station had plugged the flow of water from the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area into an ITID outfall canal. Crews are working to rebuild the berm owned by ITID by the end of the weekend. The larger Corbett levee, recently built for the community by SFWMD, was not impacted.
"I am extremely proud of the fast and professional response by SFWMD field station staff to assist a community with an emergency in their water management system," said SFWMD Field Operations Bureau Chief Tom DeBold. "We had the equipment and expertise to get the job done."