How will record-breaking rainfall help the state’s drought?

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FOLSOM LAKE, Calif. (KTXL) – The record rain the Sacramento region received over the weekend is a nice step in hopefully ending the state’s drought, but still leaves much to be desired.

“I’m standing where there should be water,” said Aisha Romano. 

It’s been a while since Romano went to Folsom Lake — 15 years to be exact. Her memories of vast water were shocked by a baron reality. 

“It’s really weird. It’s kinda scary,” Romano said. 

Michael Lamarr was aware of the water levels. 

“You can definitely see there’s some difference,” Lamarr said. 

He was at the lake just before the storm. Lamarr and Gage wanted to see the difference a few heavy days of rain can make. 

The water levels at Folsom Lake rose at least 10 feet higher than before the storm hit.

David Rizzardo, a hydrology section manager with the California Department of Water Resources, told FOX40 that, ideally, the state would need a wet season that is about 150% above normal to seriously start tackling drought issues.

He added that while the recent storm was nice, we need more of them.

“Truthfully just a drop in the bucket, it’s a big drop but it really only accounts for 10-20% of where we need to be to start talking about ending the drought,” Rizzardo said.

“Water conservation is not like a light switch. It takes time to ramp up and doing simple tasks like reducing your outdoor watering can really help,” said Amy Talbot, with the Regional Water Authority.

While the rain is clearly needed, so too is the snowpack which could be the ultimate factor when it comes to a healthy wet season. 

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