The Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928
In the summer of 1928, heavy rainfall raised Lake Okeechobee’s water level three feet above normal. And in the fall, a hurricane smashed the coast of Florida. The impact flooded Lake Okeechobee. This inland flood obliterated 21 miles of the 47-mile earthen and an estimated 2,500 people died in Southern Florida, most of them migrant farm workers.