Although recent storms in Colorado dumped a year’s worth of rain in under a week and flooded many out of their homes, officials say the magnitude of water is unlikely to improve conditions on the Colorado River in the near term, where 14 consecutive years of drought and urban growth are squeezing water supplies.

The Colorado River supplies water to California, six other Western states and parts of Mexico, with diversions from Lake Mead supplying Imperial Valley’s agricultural and municipal water needs.

Staff Writer Antoine Abou-Diwan can be reached at 760-337-3454 or

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