Series of drenching California storms put dent in drought


              This map released courtesy of National Drought Mitigation Center shows California on Jan. 3, 2023. Atmospheric rivers pounding California since late last year have coated mountains with a full winter's worth of snow and begun raising reservoir levels but experts say it will take much more to precipitation to reverse the effects of years of drought. (National Drought Mitigation Center via AP)
            
              This map released courtesy of National Drought Mitigation Center shows California on Jan. 10, 2023. Atmospheric rivers pounding California since late last year have coated mountains with a full winter's worth of snow and begun raising reservoir levels but experts say it will take much more to precipitation to reverse the effects of years of drought. (National Drought Mitigation Center via AP)
            
              This map released courtesy of National Drought Mitigation Center shows California on Jan. 3, 2023. Atmospheric rivers pounding California since late last year have coated mountains with a full winter's worth of snow and begun raising reservoir levels but experts say it will take much more to precipitation to reverse the effects of years of drought.(National Drought Mitigation Center via AP)
            
              This map released courtesy of National Drought Mitigation Center shows California on Jan. 10, 2023. Atmospheric rivers pounding California since late last year have coated mountains with a full winter's worth of snow and begun raising reservoir levels but experts say it will take much more to precipitation to reverse the effects of years of drought. (National Drought Mitigation Center via AP)
            
              PG&E workers toil in the evening above Highland Avenue to replace equipment damaged by high winds in Santa Cruz, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)
            
              A pedestrian carries an umbrella while walking past a painting of the American flag in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Storm-ravaged California is scrambling to clean up and repair widespread damage. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Resident Laurie Morse, 59, shovels wet sand into bags in the pouring rain, a last ditch effort to keep a rising creek out of her garage in the town of Rio Del Mar in Aptos, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Her roof was leaking, and along with her neighbors. The town has been dealing with every problem brought by the rainstorms rolling through California: massive logs and stumps are tumbling down the bloated Aptos Creek from the Santa Cruz mountains into the Monterey Bay, where high tides and large swells are tossing them back up the beach and into town. (AP Photo/Martha Mendoza)
            
              Resident Laurie Morse, 59, shovels wet sand into bags in the pouring rain, a last ditch effort to keep a rising creek out of her garage in the town of Rio Del Mar in Aptos, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Her roof was leaking, and along with her neighbors. The town has been dealing with every problem brought by the series of rainstorms rolling through California: massive logs and stumps are tumbling down the bloated Aptos Creek from the Santa Cruz mountains into the Monterey Bay, where high tides and large swells are tossing them back up the beach and into town. (AP Photo/Martha Mendoza)
            
              Renter Jose Alvarez looks at streams of water pouring into his family's bedrooms as they tried to salvage belongings from the South San Francisco apartment building which had its roof partially blown off by wind gust in San Francisco Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              Renter Jose Alvarez looks at streams of water pouring into his family's bedrooms as they tried to salvage belongings from the South San Francisco apartment building which had its roof partially blown off by wind gust in San Francisco Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              Renter Jose Alvarez and his family lived in the South San Francisco apartment building that had its roof partially blown off by wind gust in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              A cyclist tries to keep the rain at bay while pedaling on River Street in Santa Cruz, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)
            
              A van is covered by a fallen tree along Covered Bridge Road in Felton, Calif., Tuesday Jan. 10, 2023. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)
            
              Muddy terrain is seen on Covered Bridge Road in Felton, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, between floods. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)
            
              A Capitola police officer tapes off dangerous areas of driftwood along Capitola Beach as strong waves continue to batter the central California coast in Capitola, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)
            
              Wind damage is seen on Highland Avenue in Santa Cruz, Calif., Tuesday evening, Jan. 10, 2023. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)
            
              Waves in the Monterey Bay batter the storm-damaged Capitola Wharf in Capitola, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. The Wharf is seen through a passageway on the Capitola Esplanade. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)
            
              Rain falls as a pedestrian walks up a hill carrying an umbrella in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Storm-ravaged California is scrambling to clean up and repair widespread damage. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              A pedestrian carries an umbrella while walking toward a path in front of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Following days of rain, floodwaters surround homes and vehicles in the Planada community of Merced County, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
            
              Floodwaters course through a neighborhood in Merced, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Following days of rain, Bear Creek overflowed its banks leaving dozens of homes and vehicles surrounded by floodwaters. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
            
              Pauline Torres carries belongings from her flooded Merced, Calif., home on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
            
              Following days of rain, floodwaters surround homes and vehicles in the Planada community of Merced County, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
            
              Extensive damage to homes and businesses on Capitol Avenue in Sacramento, Calif., is seen Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, following a storm Saturday night that downed trees and power lines throughout the region. (Xavier Mascareñas/The Sacramento Bee via AP)
            
              Floodwaters surround homes on Thornton Rd. in Merced, Calif., as storms continue battering the state on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
            
              In this image taken with a drone, a vehicle is stuck in a sinkhole in the Chatsworth section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Sinkholes swallowed cars and raging torrents swamped towns and swept away a small boy Tuesday as California was wracked by more wild winter while the next system in a powerful string of storms loomed on the horizon. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              A resident keeps watch on Fredonia Drive in Studio City, Calif., where a mudslide is blocking the road during a rain on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.   California saw little relief from drenching rains as the latest in a relentless string of storms swamped roads, turned rivers into gushing flood zones and forced thousands of people to flee from towns with histories of deadly mudslides.(Sarah Reingewirtz /The Orange County Register via AP)
            
              A resident attempts to help a vehicle stuck on Fredonia Drive in Studio City, Calif., where a mudslide is blocking the road during a rain storm on Tuesday, Jan.  10, 2023.  California saw little relief from drenching rains as the latest in a relentless string of storms swamped roads, turned rivers into gushing flood zones and forced thousands of people to flee from towns with histories of deadly mudslides.(Sarah Reingewirtz /The Orange County Register via AP)
            
              Muddy streets in the Felton Grove neighborhood of Felton, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            This undated photo provided by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office shows a photo of 5-year-old Kyle Doan who the authorities are searching for. The search resumed Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, for the 5-year-old boy who was swept away by floodwaters a day earlier on the state's central coast. Doan, who has dirty blonde hair, was wearing a black puffer jacket and blue jeans when the truck he was in with his mother became stranded in rising waters near Paso Robles, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office. (San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Series of drenching California storms put dent in drought