Everglades Restoration Timeline


Massive hurricanes strike Lake Okeechobee

In September, a hurricane with wind speeds of 125 m.p.h. makes landfall on the coast of Palm Beach and destroys small earthen dikes that had been constructed to prevent Lake Okeechobee from flooding surrounding homes and farmland. About 2,000 residents die, and their deaths and the massive property damage provide the impetus to build a much larger and formidable dike around Lake Okeechobee.