District Taking Preventative Action for Hurricane Matthew

News Release

In anticipation of the impacts of Hurricane Matthew, the Southwest Florida Water Management District is currently lowering several lake levels to provide for additional storage in the event the District's region receives heavy rains.

In Polk County, levels are being lowered in Lakes Hancock, Arietta, Fannie, Smart and Lena.

In Highlands County Lake June-in-Winter is being lowered.

As a precautionary measure, the District has closed Cow House Creek, structure S-163, in Hillsborough County. Flow is being diverted to the Tampa Bypass Canal away from the Hillsborough River.

In addition, all District campgrounds are currently closed. Visit "WaterMatters.org":http://www.watermatters.org for the latest information on District operations or closures.