SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — A panel of top state and local officials that met in Sacramento Thursday warned that residents should prepare for what could be a decade-long drought much like that experienced in Australia recently.

The panel shared the latest drought statistics and projections to sound the drought alarm loudly.

“We don’t know if its going to rain next year. We don’t know if its going to rain after that,” said Felicia Marcus withe the State Water Resources Control Board.

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