DISASTERS

As rain pummels California, some see a way to fight drought

Much of the torrential rain that fell on Southern California this week flowed right into the ocean, just like it did before the state's epic drought.

That seemed like a good idea for many years, as storm drains provided a crucial defense against flooding. But with California entering what may be a fifth year of drought, people are more likely to see a rapidly disappearing flood as a wasted opportunity

The State Water Resources Control Board approved a broad plan Wednesday for capturing more rain. The regulator is launching a road show this month to explain how it will dole out $200 million for projects to collect rain, part of a water bond voters approved in 2014.

Still, many believe more can be done, through projects large and small.