Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee is located in south central Florida. In 1928, hundreds of agricultural workers lived on the coast of the lake as the water made the soil in the region particularly fertile. Most of these workers were migrant laborers from the Bahamas and Puerto Rico with a number of others being black laborers from across the South. Since the lake is incredibly shallow–averaging only 9 feet in depth–the hurricane pushed the water up and out of the lake, causing a deadly tidal wave. A vast majority of those living near the lake lost their lives, with estimates falling between 1800-2500.