NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, Calif. - We have had higher than normal snowpack and flooding across the state. The question is, has this rain and snow put a dent in the drought?
We do not consider California to be in drought-like conditions right now, says the Department of Water Resources (DWR).
DWR looks at drought conditions based off precipitation, snow pack and resevoir levels. "All of those are healthy right now," says DWR's Chris Orrack. "They're all above average," he continued.
He shared some details about reservoir levels in Northern California.
Shasta Lake is at 119 percent above historical average, he said. The state's biggest resevoir rose 39 feet in February alone and is now only 24 feet from it's rim.
Folsom Lake Reservoir near Sacramento is at 110 percent of its historical average.
The Don Pedro Reservoir near Yosemite is at 115 percent.
The Sierra snowpack has more than doubled in the last month alone.
"We'll find out how much water it's holding when officials take that measurment in April," said Orrack.
"Still - conservation is a must," he emphasized, saying that we need to be ready for when those drought conditions come back.
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