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Numbers show low water levels at Shasta Lake aren't so bad, yet

By Vienna Montague, Producer
Published On: Jan 06 2014 08:48:21 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 06 2014 10:59:41 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

A record-breaking drought in California is causing problems, including low lake levels; but it's not as bad as you might think.

First, a look at the rain totals at Shasta Dam:

  • This year to date - 5.46 Inches
  • Last Year Total - 49.19 Inches
  • Record High, 1988 - 116.87 Inches
  • Record Low, 1977 - 24.59 Inches

Now, for a look at the Shasta Lake's water levels.

  • This year to date - 130 Feet Down
  • 2008 - 158 Feet Down
  • 1977 - 230 Feet Down

Right now, the levels are nearly 100 feet from the worst its ever been, and, the Bureau of Reclamation for Northern California says there is stillĀ  time to make up rainfall during the Spring.