California Governor Warns Residents of Serious Drought

Gov. Jerry Brown warns Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent.
3:00 | 01/31/14

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America's -- Good morning road conditions. Snow and ice creating hazards on the highways from the central plains across the midwest along much of I 7980 in the center of the country. If you're flying airport delays are possible in Salt Lake City Denver and Kansas City earlier today Chicago and Detroit later this evening. All because of this now. Try not a lot of rain or snow on those maps for California and that is not good with the state in its worst drought since 1977. Governor Jerry Brown is trying to make sure residents appreciate just how serious this situation is he says everyone across the state needs to do their part. In a normal year California's Folsom lake looks like this but this is what it looks like right now -- dangerously low levels the Sierra Nevada mountains usually store much of California's drinking water in the form of snow. On the left last year. On the right this year with just 12%. Of the usual snow state health officials say seventeen communities -- water districts mostly in rural areas are now within 100 days of running dry. Digging new wells and hauling in water are two ways they will be held. California governor Jerry Brown is calling on residents to do whatever it takes to -- Don't flush more than you have -- don't -- -- the need to. And -- in the water -- for initiating -- brushing your teeth brown declared a drought emergency two weeks ago cash. He's asking Californians to ball -- -- early use 20%. Less water but that could change every day these drought goes on. We have to tighten the screws on what people are doing the San Francisco Bay Area has seen less than 10% of the rainfall that ordinarily seized by this point -- its rainy season forecasters say rain would have to fall heavily every day through May. To bring conditions back to normal. Now a storm dumped some new snow in the Sierra Nevada yesterday but not nearly enough to ease any drought concerns.

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