Rain lets up in flood-ravaged California
- Author: Archie Newman Feb 23, 2017,
Feb 23, 2017, 0:49
Two days of rain caused the already overfilled Anderson Dam to start sending water into the creek, which overflowed Tuesday afternoon into low-lying neighborhoods along its 30-miles, causing water to rise faster than officials said people could react to. "We're both teachers and the big part of being a teacher is making sure people around you are being safe and happy and can learn and no one can learn when you don't have a home".
The flooding in San Jose the result of a downpour that drenched much of Northern California.
Elsewhere, the water level kept falling at Oroville Dam, where a damaged spillway had raised major flood concerns and prompted the evacuation of 188,000 people a week ago. Dozens had to be rescued by teams working in water that was often chest deep.
"We did anticipate this", says San Jose Fire Captain Matt Low.
Residents of the flooded area, which is near downtown and is made up of apartment buildings and townhomes, would not be allowed to return to their properties on Wednesday, Liccardo said. Rescue crews are searching for additional missing people.
City officials urged residents to leave their homes before the flooding got worse. "It could be sewage coming up from the sewer pipes...it could be gasoline or motor oil from cars that are now underwater".
Overnight, flood victims gathered at James Lick High School at 57 N. White Rd and Evergreen Valley High School at 3300 Quimby Rd. It was the first time the spillway had been active since 2006, and the rare sight brought spectators to Anderson County Park to catch a view and take selfies of the cascading waterfall created by the flowing runoff into Coyote Creek.
The floodwaters also caused a miles long traffic jam, closing lanes of USA 101.
Severe flooding forced more than 300 people out of their homes in northern California.
"We've got all hands on deck right now", Liccardo said.
Several schools were affected by the flooding including San Jose and Cristo Rey high schools. It should be noted that normally Anderson Lake is not permitted to be at more than 68% capacity due to the seismic threat in the area.
The National Weather Service's California Nevada River Forecast Center issued the first flood warning for Coyote Creek in the San Jose area on Monday just before 4 a.m.
Floodwaters surround a home in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday.