8 striking images of drought-stricken California

Global News

Southern California got an overnight soaking Thursday as residents prepared for a second, more powerful storm that could bring heavier rain and prompted fears of mudslides in communities along fire-scarred foothills.

In January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency after the state faced its driest year on record in 2013.

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Some of the state’s reservoirs have seen their lowest levels in years while farmers are letting orchards dry up and—in some cases—making the tough call to have their trees torn out of the ground, leaving behind empty fields.

We take a look at the effect of the devastating drought in California:

A discarded computer keyboard lies on the dry, cracked bed of the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose, Calif. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 during the state’s worst drought in recorded history. (Photo credit: AP…

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