Snow, big run-off celebrated in water-hungry West
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Communities below the snow-capped mountains of the West are bracing against the swelling rivers and flooding that
come with the spring thaw.
In the drought-ravaged cities of the Southwest, however, the deluge is cause for celebration.
There will be more water for Nevada, California and Arizona this year, sparing them from having to take emergency measures, such as water rationing, for at least another three years.
The three states can thank the heavy and, in some cases, unprecedented snowpack in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.
The ripe June sun is sending snowmelt into the Colorado River, its tributaries and Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir located outside Las Vegas.
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