Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared that the drought in California has ended in all but a few San Joaquin Valley counties. But, for more than 900 families living in central California’s San Joaquin Valley the drought continues.
Record amounts of rain soaked the west during recent heavy storms, but has the drought ended?
Okieville is such a small area that most folks cannot find the community on a map. Officially named Highland Acres, residents began settling in Okieville during the 1930s … Fast forward to today. Thousands of wells have been drying up throughout the San Joaquin Valley since the drought began five years ago and Okieville, located in Tulare County, is the hardest hit region.
In March 2014, water flooded the Colorado River’s dry bed. This event, called a pulse flow, occurred when the Morelos Dam, near the United States–Mexico border and Yuma, Arizona, opened its gates and filled the dry bed for eight weeks. The event, similar to the spring floods that halted after the river was dammed, allowed water to reach the Gulf of California for the first time since 1997.
California’s severe drought continues with no end in sight and families across the state face life without water—something most of us can only imagine—as wells run dry. Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) has been helping homeowners through the California household/small water system drought assistance (HSWSDA) loan/grant program.