San Jose Flood: 14000 Ordered To Flee High Water

The state's third-largest city, a hub of the high-tech Silicon Valley corridor south of San Francisco, has about 1 million residents and declared an emergency as Coyote Creek overflowed its banks from days of heavy showers. Residents told television reporters they were surprised to see creek waters flow into apartments.

The reservoir reached capacity for the first time in 11 years over the weekend and began releasing water out of its spillway into Coyote Creek on Saturday morning.

San Jose firefighters paddled on rafts and waded through the chest-deep deluge, rescuing residents trapped in homes and in trees. Sewage, garbage and engine fuel tainted the floodwaters, and those rescued needed to wash down with soap, San Jose Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said. I had all my baby's toys, all of his stuff down there", said Gabriela Martinez, a Rockspring resident "Early morning around nine, I move the vehicle. Rescue crews are searching for additional missing people.

In Monterey County, people living along a section of the Carmel River were told to leave, as were those in a neighborhood of Salinas near Santa Rita Creek and a few people in rural Royal Oaks, where a mudslide encroached on a home.

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Overnight, flood victims gathered at James Lick High School at 57 N. White Rd and Evergreen Valley High School at 3300 Quimby Rd.

Alti Sharma said his parked vehicle was submerged by the floods. Closer to the reservoir, Coyote Creek spilled its banks, causing a flood that closed lanes on USA 101.

The latest series of downpours that swept northern California on Sunday and Monday weakened on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

The expanded evacuation orders came hours after fire crews rushed to rescue hundreds of people in the city's Rock Springs neighborhood, where homes and cars were inundated under several feet of water.

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"We've got all hands on deck right now", Liccardo said.

Coyote Creek is the longest creek in Santa Clara County, fed by not only Anderson Reservoir but 16 major creeks.

The nonprofit's South Bay office is located at 2731 N. First St., in San Jose.

Many residents were caught by surprise by the flooding and could not prepare, and things are further complicated by shelters that are not accepting pets - though the San Jose Animal Shelter is taking in pets for safe keeping. "They're just much more aware of it", Gass said.

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