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California Gov. Jerry Brown proclaims drought emergency

California Gov. Jerry Brown proclaims drought emergency
By Gillian Flaccus The Associated Press
Posted:  01/17/2014 7:00 PM
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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California is nearly as dry as it’s ever been. High water marks rim half-full reservoirs. Cities are rationing water. Clerics are praying for rain. Ranchers are selling cattle, and farmers are fallowing fields.

Gov. Jerry Brown formally proclaimed a drought Friday, saying California is in the midst of perhaps its worst dry spell in a century. He made the announcement in San Francisco amid increasing pressure from lawmakers and as firefighters battled flare-ups in a Southern California wildfire that chased thousands of people from their homes.

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