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Recent rains can't help California emerge from drought

FRESNO ? California officials say recent storms haven't dumped down nearly enough rain and snow to make a big dent in the state's ongoing drought.

Wendy Martin, who leads the Department of Water Resources' drought division, says storms in the last few weeks helped bring this year's rainfall up to about 87 percent of average.

Over the next 10 days, another round of wet weather is expected to bring about 6 more inches of rain.

While recent storms are helping this year's totals, California is in its third straight year of drought.

Officials say major reservoirs are at less than one-third of their capacity, and those storage supplies are critical to the water supply used by two-thirds of the state's residents and millions of acres of farmland.


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