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Official: Drought not over yet

Heavy rainfall over the weekend not enough to end water concerns

Posted: March 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Cars plow through rain water collected on Bouquet Canyon Road near Alamogoro Road on Saturday.

Although more than five inches of rain fell on the Santa Clarita Valley since mid-week, much more is needed to get us out of drought, according to the head of the local water distributor.

“The recent rains will benefit local aquifers,” Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency said Sunday. “Yet more is needed up north for the California Department of Water Resources to increase the 2014 State Water Project allocation from zero percent.

“I don’t anticipate that happening unless there is more precipitation that is material over the next couple of months,” he said.

Santa Clarita Valley would need three times the amount of rain that fell since mid-week just to be even with what we normally get at this time of the year, Masnada said.

The first of two storms moved through the Santa Clarita Valley Wednesday and a second storm followed it on Friday, lasting throughout the weekend, said weather specialist Scott Sukup of the National Weather Service.

At least 2.3 inches of rain fell on Saugus and, at least 5.4 inches fell in Newhall by 3 p.m. Sunday, he said.

“Monday morning we’ll start to see a break in the clouds,” Sukup said. “And, right now it looks dry throughout the week.”


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