A day after the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that more than 80 percent of California is now experiencing extreme drought, the federal government is giving the state $9.7 million. The money will help California communities hit hardest by the severe dry spell, including Cloverdale in Sonoma County.
Much of the aid will help Californians whose wells have dried up connect to the municipal water supply. Some 73,000 Californians in 11 counties are expected to be impacted by the relief funding.
U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack is visiting the state today and says he's witnessed the emotional toll the drought is taking on some Californians.
"If you don't have an opportunity to talk with folks who are experiencing this on a day to day basis in a real way, you can sometimes lose sight," he said.