The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has completed work to strengthen a portion of Palm Beach County levee that protects tens of thousands of people from Palm Beach to Miami in the US.

Stretching 169km, the East Coast levee serves as a buffer between three vast Everglades Water Conservation Areas and portions of the most populated regions in South Florida.

“This rehabilitation effort was important for the flood control system to continue operating as designed well into the future," says Jeff Kivett, SFWMD Director of Operations, Engineering and Construction.

The extensive network of earthen levees were constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s and 1960s. Annual inspections are conducted jointly by SFWMD and the Corps and improvements to address maintenance items identified by regular inspections have been made over the years.

The District also completed work in 2013 to strengthen a 61km portion of the East Coast Protective Levee in western Broward County.