Rain brings hope to Southern Oregonians

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Fri, February 14 2014 at 10:23 PM, Updated: Fri, February 14 2014 at 10:56 PM

Medford, Ore.-- This weeks rain is looking promising for Southern Oregon. The National Weather service said if it continues into next week, the drought could go from severe to moderate. 

Applegate Lake's water level is now up 16 feet. A sigh of relief for Wayne Hamlin who lives nearby. He said in the seven years he's lived by Applegate Lake  he's never had a bare garden.

"It's impossible for me to irrigate out of the river there's just isn't enough water."

Applegate resident, Fred Hall is also worried about the lack of rain. He said the drought is taking a toll on on his farm too.

"We normally irrigate 24/7 all summer and I'm not going to be able to do that this summer."

But the turn in the forecast has Hamlin and Hall hopeful, praying for more moisture.

The Weather service said what we really need now is snow pack.  They said it's only about a quarter what it should be.


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Roma Villavicencio

NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.

Roma is very proud of her Mexican heritage. She is bi-lingual and looks forward to serving our Hispanic community.

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