Thousands of people affected by floods that devastated entire neighborhoods in San Jose remain barred from returning to their homes.
An estimated 14,000 residents were impacted by the original mandatory evacuation Tuesday, which went into effect late enough in the morning that hundreds of people had to be rescued with nothing but the clothes on their back. Since then, the number of people displaced has shrunk to 3,800, according to city officials. Homes affected by the flood also declined from 4,000 to 1,100 as of Thursday morning.
Despite the improving situation, Saturday could bring rain and the Anderson Reservoir is still filled beyond capacity. Spillover caused flooding from Coyote Creek, which submerged parts of Old Oakland Road, the Rock Springs neighborhood, William Street Park and the surrounding Naglee Park neighborhood and the vicinity of Phelan Avenue and Senter Road in South San Jose.
Coyote Creek continues to flow at a diminishing speed and the National Weather Service has downgraded this weekend’s storm to scattered showers.
“It’s improving, but we’re not out of this yet,” Mayor Sam Liccardo told San Jose Inside.
Despite a report of a missing father, Liccardo said that the city believes there were no fatalities caused by the flooding.
“We have been told we were able to evacuate everybody,” he said.
City inspectors are still assessing the flooded areas while efforts are also being made to restore sewer service and remove debris.
A local assistance center at the Shirakawa Community Center, located at 2072 Lucretia Ave., will be open Saturday for affected residents and businesses to obtain information and additional resources.
City officials advise residents returning to their homes to be cautious and inspect for structural and electrical damage. They also urge the public to make sure they’re prepared for potential flooding this weekend.
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