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California drought drying out businesses

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 01:06

Jan. 18 - Businesses in California that rely on the rain are suffering as the state deals with an historic drought. Linda So reports.

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California is known for its wineries but the drought is drying up acres of vines. SOUNDBITE: WINERY OWNER BILL WILSON, SAYING: "In Southern California, water is one of, if not the most precious commodity, it's gonna be even more so if this continues." The state is under a drought emergency as it deals with the driest year on record. For businesses that rely on rain like wineries, the dry conditions are threatening to ruin their crop. SOUNDBITE: WINERY OWNER BILL WILSON, SAYING: "We're waiting for it to get really cold so they don't come out too early but with this weather they'll think it's spring and they'll start coming out in February and then we have the freezes in March and that's where we could lose 50 percent of the crop if not more overnight." For landscapers, the drought is forcing some to cut staff as business slows down. SOUNDBITE: LANDSCAPER FRED RENTERIA, SAYING: "I've been doing this 23 years, and I think this is the worst year." SOUNDBITE: LANDSCAPER FRED RENTERIA, SAYING: "We'll see just gonna see we'll leave it up to God whether we'll be out of business, but I hope not." The governor is asking everyone to conserve water as the state deals with the historic drought.

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California drought drying out businesses

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 01:06

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