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. But other family members in the same apartment complex on 20th Street stayed behind, hoping the water would stay away.
On Tuesday, fire crews rescued five homeless people from the Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose after a swollen creek flooded the area. The damage raised major flood warnings and prompted the evacuation of more than 100,000 people downstream.
City officials set up temporary evacuation shelters at James Lick High School, along with Mayfair and Shirakawa community centers. Per ABC 7, "Anyone who has come into contact with the murky brown water is being decontaminated because of fears about overflowing sewage lines, oil and gas from vehicles trapped in the water or household chemicals that might have leaked into the flood waters". No significant injuries have been reported so far.
Although the persistant downpours began to taper off, flood warnings were in place through Saturday because waterways were overwhelmed.
Santa Clara County's largest reservoir, the Anderson Reservoir, was inundated with waters on Sunday and Monday that eventually overran the artificial lake and poured into Coyote Creek, causing much of what has transpired in San Jose over the past 24 hours. The surge released from Don Pedro Dam into the Tuolumne River in the foothills east of Modesto was expected to reach overtopped levees late Wednesday. Water levels had dropped to ankle-high.
"We haven't really had anything quite like this before", he said. "Everybody in this city is working hard to do whatever we can to safeguard our residents". RESOURCES: San Jose flood evacuation centers and help infoThere are 400 people who have been rescued by boat, 250 of those rescues occurred yesterday and 96 were last night.
But why the flooding happened is still baffling experts in the South Bay. "In the history of San Jose, I don't know if its been bigger, but this is probably in the top 10", Matlow said. One rescued man said he was surprised by the rising flood waters.
Aside from the deluge of recent rain that caused water levels along the creek to rise, Liccardo added that some sort of breach in the creek made matters even worse. "We are going to insist on continuing the evacuation period through today, until we have a better handle on what's happening with these water flows".