California Water Reservoir Overfills For First Time In 10 Years

( After heavy rainfall, a California water reservoir, Lake Cachuma, overfilled for the first time in a decade, according to Newsweek. The reservoir is located in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County and was found to be 99.7% full last week, marking a record after it was less than a third full just two months ago.

Footage by the County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department shows the reservoir overflowing the county’s largest water supply, the Bradbury Dam, at 4,100 cubic feet per second. The need for more room in the reservoir is urgent as the county is poised to expect more rain, according to Mary Lee Knecht, a public information officer for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

While California’s reservoirs have experienced widespread drought plaguing the western United States since 2000, the recent rainfall is now causing widespread flooding. On the upside, after levels in the reservoir rose to 700.02 feet, nearing its capacity of 753 feet above sea level, the county can expect to have enough water.

Though the majority of California is still experiencing a drought, a little over 2% of the state is now marked as “abnormally dry,” signifying some ease to the state’s problem.

Lake Cachuma is not the only reservoir to experience overfilling, as it is also joined by Shasta Lake in Shasta County whose water level increased over 70 feet from 921.08 feet to 990.63 feet within the last two months.

Heavy rainfall is not the only inclement weather rocking the state. Earthquakes have also been recurrent. On January 25, Southern California was hit by a massive 4.2 magnitude earthquake with aftershocks between magnitudes of 3.5 to 2.6., according to The Washington Examiner.

A landslide also caused the closure of a major road after a fissure developed in the pavement.