San Jose city officials declared a local emergency Tuesday after record water flows from Coyote Creek submerged a neighborhood.
Tuesday morning, San Jose city officials issued voluntary evacuations to residents and businesses in low-lying areas along Coyote Creek. The city designated two evacuations centers at Mayfiar Community Center and Shirakawa Community Center.
San Jose Fire and Police Departments also assisted residents in the Rock Springs area near Senter and Phelan avenues for a voluntary evacuation due to flooding that had occurred in this neighborhood Tuesday morning.
The city was asking as residents and business prepare for possible evacuation, they should complete the following tasks before leaving:
- Gather all family members or other individuals
- Gather all pets
- Gather only essential items including medications
- Turn off all appliances and lights
- Lock and secure your home or business
At least 225 residents were taken to dry land and rinsed with soap and water to prevent them from being sickened by floodwaters that had traveled through engine fuel, garbage, debris and over sewer lines, San Jose Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said.
San José continues to closely monitor flows in Coyote Creek. The city has two evacuation centers and one overnight shelter, that will remain open for residents who need assistance.
–Story Image: California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services