Almost immediately after Coyote Creek flooded San Jose in February, Mayor Sam Liccardo fell on his sword and admitted that the city failed to alert people in time. The Santa Clara Valley Water District, on the other hand, played defense. The regionâs designated flood control agency said it gave the city more than enough time and information for the city toÂ act. Five weeks passed before a water district officialânamely board director Linda LeZotteâacknowledged that there was blame to go around. Finally, it seems, a housecleaning of sorts is occurring, as two high-ranking water district officials directly involved in the agencyâs flood response are retiring. Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Water Utility Jim Fiedler, the districtâs second-in-command, presided over the districtâs emergency operations center from 6am to 6pm the day of the flood. He will retire in May after 34 years at the district. Emergency and Security Manager Dale Jacques, who leaves this week after 24 years at the district, acted as the agencyâs emergency operations coordinator from midnight to early evening the day of the flood. Under their watch, the district failed to express the urgency of Anderson Damâs spillover. Of course, the districtâs COO of flood control, Melanie Richardson, went on a ski retreat days before the flood, yet she has somehow escaped the slightest of rebukes from interim CEO Norma Camacho and the district board. This courtesy also appears to extend to a long-overdue audit of RMC Water and Environment, a district contractor that was once owned by Richardsonâs husband and has been accused of conflicts of interest and improperly billing the district. An $87,000 audit of RMCâlaunched more than a year after the board ordered oneâis taking a superficial look at what went wrong, according to Flyâs sources. The audit will apparently only consider RMC work done from 2009 to the presentâomitting a key timeline of work RMC did (or did not do) on flood control dating back to 2000. Sources also say that auditors do not plan to interview district employees who raised alarm bells on RMCâs work.