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California governor proclaims drought emergency with state in its third dry year

Gov. Jerry Brown holds up a chart showing the statewide average precipitin by water year while declaring a drought state of emergency while speaking in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. With a record-dry year, reservoir levels under strain and no rain in the forecast, California Gov. Jerry Brown formally proclaimed the state in a drought Friday, confirming what many already knew. Brown made the announcement in San Francisco amid increasing pressure in recent weeks from the state's lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
January 17, 2014 - 9:15 AM

SAN FRANCISCO - Gov. Jerry Brown has proclaimed a drought emergency in California, allowing the state to seek financial assistance and other help from the federal government during its third dry year.

Brown made the announcement Friday in San Francisco, formally stating what many in California already knew.

The U.S. Drought Monitor has reported extreme drought conditions in central and northern California, and there has been little snowfall so far this winter.

Precipitation in most of the state is less than 20 per cent of normal, and reservoirs are dwindling. Forecasts suggest the dry spell could continue, exacerbating the already heightened fire danger.

Other states in the West also are facing dry conditions.

Brown's proclamation allows California to request a broad emergency declaration from President Barack Obama, which would provide financial and other help.

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