After several weeks of be worried about pollution gushing from Florida’s biggest freshwater lake, waterfront citizens and beachgoers from the Treasure Coast are trapped now by poisonous algae within an ecological emergency also elevating ton risks so far as the Orlando area and perhaps fouling Georgia seaside waters.

Gov. Ron Scott now declared a condition of emergency in St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach areas due to torrents of polluted, algae-laden waters left from Lake Okeechobee to help ease force on its aging dike. The earthen structure looms over extensive farmland and towns about 130 miles south of Orlando.

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