Saturday, June 24, 2006


Ok, someone explain to me why they are "racing" to fix this? It's not like the government doesn't know it needs to be fixed.....just like they knew the levees in New Orleans needed work. Something is very wrong with this picture. We can spend millions of dollars a day in Iraq, yet we can't properly care for our own infrastructure. Go figure....

Engineers race to fix Lake Okeechobee dike before next hurricane

By Brian Skoloff
The Associated Press
Posted June 24 2006, 9:18 AM EDT

PAHOKEE -- Rest easy was the message.

Engineers had completed 85 miles of the dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee to ensure history would never repeat itself. Thousands died in two 1920s hurricanes when the lake broke its banks.

``This dike has cured the bad habit of tropical hurricanes of using this lake as a weapon of destruction,'' former President Herbert Hoover said at the 1961 ceremony dedicating the southern portion of the dike that bears his name.

``Since this great dike was built, five evil hurricanes have tried their best at destruction around this lake, but they have been foiled in every attack,'' he said.

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