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Recent rains raised level of Cachuma Lake 24 feet

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CACHUMA LAKE, Calif. (AP) - A reservoir in one of the last Southern California regions where severe drought persists has risen significantly in recent days.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Santa Barbara County's Cachuma Lake gained 24 feet of depth in just 24 hours, as heavy rainfall that soaked the area funneled into a reservoir that months ago was perilously close to empty.

Despite the gains, the reservoir is only at 44 percent of capacity.

After an unusually wet rainy season, the only California regions that remain in a severe drought are an area northwest of Los Angeles that includes the reservoir and the state's southeastern corner.

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