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Storms Push Shasta Lake To Over 100 Percent Of Historic Average

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The weekend storm helped California reach a key milestone in drought recovery efforts, with the state's largest reservoir now more than 100 percent of its historic average.

As of Sunday, Shasta Lake just north of Redding was 103 percent of its average for mid-March: the first time it's hit that mark in three years.

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According to The Associated Press, state water officials said Shasta Lake is at 79 percent capacity and the lake hasn't been this full since May of 2013.

The state's largest reservoir critical for Central Valley farms and cities from the Bay Area to Bakersfield.

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Meanwhile, closer to home, three of 10 reservoirs here in Santa Clara County were spilling over Sunday. Water flowed out of the Uvas Dam and flooded parts of the Uvas creek, forcing Dominique Pajuelo and her family to evacuate the Thousand Trails Campground in Morgan Hill.

"Hopefully I'm coming back to a trailer. If not, I don't know, I don't know. Honestly I just know that me and my kids and my family are safe," Pajuelo told KPIX 5.

There was no major damage from the flooding.

State water officials are expected to decide sometime in mid-April if the reservoirs and snowpack are sufficient to ease water restrictions enacted during the drought.

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