California officials are worried that recent rains will give people an excuse to abandon water-conservation efforts designed to fight the state's long drought.
Weather experts say it's too early to know if the storms represent the beginning of the end of the dry spell. They pledge to keep promoting conservation.
Felicia Marcus is chairwoman of the state Water Resources Control Board. She says the deluge makes people feel like the worst is over. But she reminds them that California is still ``in a really deep hole.''
Jay Famiglietti is a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He says it took years for the drought to take shape and predicts it will take years and many more big storms before it is completely over.