Recent storm brings drought relief to Marin County

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The recent storm has brought a lot of water to Marin County, so much that if it didn't rain again this winter, the county wouldn't run out for two years. (KGO-TV)

This time, last year, the North Bay had a lot in common with the rest of California in that it was dry, with no rain in sight and water rationing was on the horizon.

Although the recent storm has brought water to the area, the drought is not over.

A lot of water is still flowing at Corte Madera's creek from last weekend's storm.

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It's good news, but in much of California we're still in a drought.

However, Marin County cannot take another drop at this point.

Phoenix Lake, just like every other reservoir in the region. Not only is it full, it's overflowing.

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The area has gotten so much water and is more than Marin County has seen since at least 2011.

There's so much water that Marin Municipal Water District Engineering Manager Mike Ban looked at his computer screen and saw a stack of three- figure capacity numbers. "For us that means the creeks will running for a little bit longer and we'll be in good shape for awhile," he said.

Such good shape that if not another drop of water fell anywhere in Marin, the county would not run out for two years.

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That margin of comfort makes it possible to appreciate a place like Cascade Falls in Mill Valley.

ABC7 News ran into a photographer of Marinwood by accident. This photographer has been on a quest since the rains came back to document every water fall that he can and there have been a few. "I'm trying to share what we've got in our backyard. The beauty we've got here in our home," Brian Dettor said.
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