Ask Bungalower: Why are they draining Lake Lucerne?


“Hi! Do you have any info on what’s happening to Lake Lucerne? They seem to be draining it and transferring the water across the street to Lake Cherokee …” – Emily Winters

Miss Winters is correct, Lake Lucerne is indeed being drained into Lake Cherokee at the moment.

We spoke with Jessica Garcia, the City of Orlando’s new Public Information Officer (welcome Jessica!), who informed us that the lake was being drained into Lake Cherokee to make it easier for FDOT crews to build piers for the new Delaney exit, I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project.

Both Lake Cherokee and Lucerne are connected to reduce flooding during heavy rainfalls. This allowed the crews to drain the lake at a “normal rate” to prep the site for construction of the piers.

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