DISASTERS

For some Californians, effects of punishing drought not over

  • In this photo taken April 10, 2017, is David Miguel at his home in the community of Hardwick in the San Joaquin Valley where drought has yet to loosen its grip on some residents near Hanford, Calif. State officials lifted the drought emergency for much California, but thousands of people like Miguel still live on water tanks because their wells ran dry. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

    In this photo taken April 10, 2017, is David Miguel at his home in the community of Hardwick in the San Joaquin Valley where drought has yet to loosen its grip on some residents near Hanford, Calif. State officials lifted the drought emergency for much California, but thousands of people like Miguel still live on water tanks because their wells ran dry. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken April 10, 2017 boxes of bottled drinking water are seen in Hardwick, a small community in the San Joaquin Valley, where drought has yet to loosen its grip on some residents near Hanford, Calif. State officials lifted the drought emergency for much California, but thousands of people are still living on an water tanks and bottled water provided through a state emergency fund because their wells went dry. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

    In this photo taken April 10, 2017 boxes of bottled drinking water are seen in Hardwick, a small community in the San Joaquin Valley, where drought has yet to loosen its grip on some residents near Hanford, Calif. State officials lifted the drought emergency for much California, but thousands of people are still living on an water tanks and bottled water provided through a state emergency fund because their wells went dry. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken April 10, 2017, birds fly over the Kings River swollen with water from rain and melting snow in the Sierra Nevada near Hanford, Calif. State officials have lifted the drought emergency for much of the state, but drought has yet to loosen its grip on thousands of resident in the San Joaquin Valley where domestic wells have run dry, forcing them to wash and flush toilets with water from tanks next to their homes. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

    In this photo taken April 10, 2017, birds fly over the Kings River swollen with water from rain and melting snow in the Sierra Nevada near Hanford, Calif. State officials have lifted the drought emergency for much of the state, but drought has yet to loosen its grip on thousands of resident in the San Joaquin Valley where domestic wells have run dry, forcing them to wash and flush toilets with water from tanks next to their homes. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)  (The Associated Press)

Despite record rain and snow, California's drought emergency has not ended for thousands of people in four rural counties.

In the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, many residents with dried up wells must still use water delivered to large tanks in their yards to wash dishes and bathe.

It's one of the few alternatives that remain.

Scientists at Stanford University and NASA say excessive pumping of wells during the drought has permanently tapped out some underground sources of water that will never recover.

Officials say nearly 2,400 wells dried up at the height of five-year drought, affecting 12,000 people.

David Miguel, who lives in a rural neighborhood surrounded by orchards, is waiting for a state grant to connect his home to a community well after his own went dry.

The retired farm hand relies on water deliveries and laughs when he hears that Gov. Jerry Brown recently declared the drought was over for most of California.