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California Cleans Up From Heavy Rain Storms


California is cleaning up after a powerful storm over the weekend. High winds and heavy rain caused mudslides and power outrages. As NPR's Nathan Rott reports, it wasn't all bad news for the drought-stricken state.


NATHAN ROTT, BYLINE: Torrents turned to trickles Sunday and the rain that people in California have quite literally been praying for came to a stop. All told, the downtown San Francisco received more than eight inches of rain. Downtown Los Angeles, more than four. That's more rain than L.A. had seen in all of the last year and not all of it ran down drains like this.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works says that it captured 26 million gallons of storm water for local water supply over the weekend. And while that's great news for the bone-dry south, David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says it's still not enough.

DAVID SWEET: Even though it was a very impressive storm with impressive rainfall totals, we're still well behind this year.

ROTT: Six inches behind in L.A., Sweet says, and going forward...

SWEET: We're looking at return to dry conditions and actually fairly warm temperatures.

ROTT: So right back in it. Nathan Rott, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Nathan Rott is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where he focuses on environment issues and the American West.