Photos: For San Joaquin Valley Residents, Effect of Drought Continues

Despite record rain and snow, California's drought emergency has not ended for thousands of people in four rural counties. In the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, many residents with dried up wells must still use water delivered to large tanks in their yards to wash dishes and bathe.

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In this photo taken April 10, 2017, birds fly over the Kings River swollen with water from rain and melting snow in the Sierra Nevada near Hanford, Calif.
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Boxes of bottled drinking water are seen in Hardwick, a small community in the San Joaquin Valley, where drought has yet to loosen its grip on some residents near Hanford, Calif. State officials lifted the drought emergency for much California, but thousands of people are still living on an water tanks and bottled water provided through a state emergency fund because their wells went dry. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)
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In this photo taken April 10, 2017, David Miguel at his home in the community of Hardwick in the San Joaquin Valley. State officials lifted the drought emergency for much California, but thousands of people like Miguel still live on water tanks because their wells ran dry. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)
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In this photo taken April 10, 2017, Alvin Lea looks at his birds at his home in the community of Hardwick in the San Joaquin Valley where drought has yet to loosen its grip on some residents near Hanford, Calif. Lea spent $17,000 to dig a new well when his ran dry. Some neighbors are still living on emergency tanks even after state officials lifted the drought emergency for much California. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)
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In this photo taken April 10, 2017, a caged bird is seen at the home Alvin Lea in the community of Hardwick in the San Joaquin Valley where drought has yet to loosen its grip on some residents near Hanford, Calif. Lea spent $17,000 to dig a new well when his ran dry. Some neighbors are still living on emergency tanks even after state officials lifted the drought emergency for much California. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)
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