DISASTERS

Rain is soaking parts of Colorado but it isn't helping reservoirs in Southwest US

FILE - In this May 5, 2015 file photo, a car navigates a flooded intersection as a small stream empties over the road as a storm rages over Colorado Springs, Colo. While California and much of the far West are suffering through extreme drought, Colorado is splashing through a wetter-than-normal spring. (Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette via AP, file) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

FILE - In this May 5, 2015 file photo, a car navigates a flooded intersection as a small stream empties over the road as a storm rages over Colorado Springs, Colo. While California and much of the far West are suffering through extreme drought, Colorado is splashing through a wetter-than-normal spring. (Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette via AP, file) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Colorado is slogging through a wetter than normal spring, with heavy rains restoring much-needed moisture to parched rangeland and sending some rivers over the banks.

But the precipitation isn't helping downstream states in the Southwest that rely on the Colorado River, which originates in western Colorado.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday a series of recent storms have dropped up to four times the normal weekly rainfall in some areas of the West. However, three-quarters of the region remains in a long-term drought.

Morgan County in northeastern Colorado reported up to a foot of rain in a 10-day period in May. Creek beds that were dry for the past 40 years were filled to overflowing.

The rain is helping pull grazing land in southeastern Colorado out of a years-long drought.