California deals with deluge after drought

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Rain poured down in California on Tuesday — giving the San Francisco Bay area its fifth-wettest day since 2009 and breaking a Dec. 2 record set in 1961 in Los Angeles — but the much-needed rainfall barely put a dent in the historic drought that has plagued the state.

The storm also wrought havoc on the parched region, prompting residents to blockade debris flows and prepare to evacuate.

The lengthy drought has hampered boating and other outdoor recreational activities in the state. At the end of August, the last paved launch ramp to put boats in at Lake Oroville, at Bidwell Canyon, was closed as the lake dropped to near 70 percent empty.

Officials extended two ramps with gravel so the public could continue accessing Lake Oroville. Stevens Creek and Lexington reservoirs were closed to boating and eight other lakes also were closed to boating.

The total rainfall in the San Francisco Bay area was 1.59 inches, according to fastweather.com, making it the rainiest day since 2009, meteorologist Jan Null told the Washington Post.

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