January storms fill up California’s water reservoirs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say recent drenching storms have filled nearly all of California’s reservoirs to average or above average levels.
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that since Jan. 1, some 580 billion gallons of water were added across the state.
The San Luis Reservoir in Merced County and Lake Perris in Riverside County are near capacity.
Another water source, the Sierra Nevada snowpack, was at 115 percent of average on Tuesday — compared with 26 percent the same day last year.
Department of Water Resources spokesman Chris Orrock says while the news is good now, it’s too early to tell what the water supply will be in when the winter rainy season is over.
For the next week, at least, the forecast for most of the state is dry and sunny.