Severe Drought Continues in CA

There is a grim forecast for the State of California’s Drought situation. Although there was favorable rainfall in April (and some snow), that did little to alter the trajectory of sapped water supplies. This is the third year in a row when drought has created multiple challenges for the State.

The snowpack from early April was the fifth lowest since 1950. Currently, it is recorded as being at 18.4 percent of average. Twenty years ago, the snowpack would often exceed 200 percent of average.

Governor Gavin Newsom has called on Californians to voluntarily reduce their use of water by 15 percent, but it’s only declined by approximately 4 percent overall.

All of this sends a signal that the State is at significant risk not only for wildfire, but for mud and debris flows following new storms – as the dry soil will not be able to absorb heavy rainfall.

Pay attention to our programs on reducing risk for your home and property, and take action to be better prepared in the event of an approaching wildfire, or a sudden heavy rainstorm.

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