San Luis Creek roars through downtown SLO
The "Minor Miracle March" storms that hit San Luis Obispo County last week lifted a sizeable chunk of the county out of severe drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The wet weather left most areas of the county with 2 to 5 inches of rain and added substantial water to the region's reservoirs for the first time during a very dry rainy season.
Severe drought conditions crept into the Central Coast and Southern California after a particularly rainless February.
Just two weeks ago, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties were all experiencing severe drought. A portion of Ventura County was even experiencing extreme drought.
Although drought conditions remain, portions of all four counties have received enough much-needed rain to alleviate the previously dire situation.
The storms brought enough water to downgrade a portion of San Luis Obispo County from severe drought status to moderate drought status, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor map released on Thursday.
A small section in the northwest corner of the region is not experiencing drought conditions and is classified as being abnormally dry.