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California reservoir too full, but not enough to quench drought

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LAKE OROVILLE (CBS NEWS) - San Diego is expected to get doused with heavy downpours over the weekend, but Northern California has already received plenty in recent weeks. 

While El Niño has given California some drought relief, it is still not enough to put the state in the clear. 

CBS News' Ben Tracy reports that two million gallons of water per minute were being released from one of California's largest reservoirs because it was simply too full. 

Five months ago, the reservoir was a nearly empty Lake Oroville. Now, the water line has climbed. It's still rising thanks to snow melting in nearby mountains -- California's snow pack is the deepest its been in five years.

Carl Torgersen of the Department of Water Resources told CBS News the reservoir has risen about 216 feet since December and 97 feet in the month of March. 

Water lines continue to rise thanks to snow melting in nearby mountains. At this same time last year, there was no snow to measure. 

According CBS News, snow melt provides a third of california's drinking water and irrigation for the largest farmland in the country. 

NASA senior water scientist Jay Famiglietti told CBS News the state's total water storage deficit is 13 trillion gallons. 

Californians can only hope for more rain. 

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