Fresno's Bishop Ochoa asks people to pray for rain

The Fresno BeeJanuary 8, 2014 

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno and other California bishops are calling for people to pray for an end to the dry weather.

The California Conference of Catholic Bishops have asked people of all faiths to pray for rain as reservoirs dipped to historic lows after one of the driest calendar years on record. The first Sierra Nevada snow survey of the winter found the water content in the statewide snow pack is just 20% of average for this time of year.

In a short video, Fresno Bishop Armando X. Ochoa asked for prayers that God, "Open the heavens and let His mercy rain down upon our fields and mountains."

Without relief, state water managers may only be able to deliver 5% of water sought by agencies that supply more than 25 million Californians and nearly a million acres of irrigated farmland.

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