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San Luis Obispo County Declares Drought Emergency

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 8:12am

San Luis Obispo County has officially declared itself to be in a drought emergency.

County Supervisors made the declaration yesterday, which opens the door to potential state, and federal aid.

Rainfall amounts in San Luis Obispo County are only a fraction of average this rainfall season.

Nipomo has had 3.2 inches of rain, but its annual seasonal total is 16 inches.

Arroyo Grande stands at 4.2 inches of rain, against an average annual total of 19 inches.

And, in San Luis Obispo, the city has had 7.3 inches of rain so far this season, but it’s less than a third of the annual average of 24 inches.

Santa Barbara County declared a drought emergency several weeks ago.

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