Flooding triggers new mandatory evacuations in San Jose

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 22, 2017

Meanwhile in the South Bay, San Jose fire rescue crews are busy pulling people out of the flood-soaked neighborhoods and are urging residents who live in low-lying areas along Coyote Creek to make their way to higher ground as the floodwaters continue to rise.

On Tuesday evening, the creek crested to a height of 13.6 feet at a river gauge point in South San Jose - almost four feet above flood stage. One rescued man said he was surprised by the rising flood waters.

Throughout the neighborhood, vehicles were submerged in the water.

San Jose resident Rosie Ruiz said her neighborhood was underwater. He later said the city was expanding the evacuation order for almost all residents east of Coyote Creek. The water that is coming through here is contaminated.

At least five people have been rescued.

Several homeless people were rescued Monday from rising flood waters throughout the South Bay.

After days of storms dumped record rainfall throughout Northern California, the Anderson Reservoir filled to the brim Monday and sent water roaring down the concrete spillway and into Coyote Creek.

"It's an uncontrollable flow at this point", Matlow said. The California Department of Water Resources continues to examine and fix the erosion, placing 1,200 tons of material on the spillway per hour using helicopters and heavy construction equipment.

Since San Jose does not have sirens or another emergency warning system, firefighters knocked on doors to tell reisdents to leave their homes, the Associated Press reported. The new order went out just after midnight in the area along Coyote Creek in the Coyote Creek 100 year Flood Zone, running from north I-280 to south Hwy 101. Other VTA bus lines were rerouted to avoid flood zones and road closures.

From the ACE TRAIN: Commuters in the area who opted not to drive this morning were also impacted as the Altamont Commuter Express train announced that there would be no service today due to weather related impacts. Many areas reported at least 3 inches (8 centimeters) of rain, while some received far more. ABC7 cameras were rolling when Nguyen's wife and son were rescued by fire officials.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District has set up six sites for people to pick up sandbags, and the agency noted that there are 18 additional stations managed by local cities. The water has already reached most of the homes' with low lying backyards.

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