Thousands Evacuated as Floods Inundate San Jose

"Although the rain has largely stopped, flooding is continuing along Coyote Creek as reservoirs continue to spill and creek flow is extremely high", said Cherly Wessling, a spokeswoman for the city's Emergency Operations Center, in an email early Wednesday morning.

"We're still trying to nail that down now, but clearly there is a source in the creek where there is a significantly large amount of water that is rushing in", he said.

Mass flooding pummeled San Jose, California, Tuesday, leaving residents swimming in the streets and cars floating down currents of rainwater.

Authorities had to go door-to-door warning residents after the reservoirs overflowed sending chest deep waters in to neighborhoods.

"As I sit here today and look at a neighborhood that is completely inundated with water where we have fire crews doing whatever they can to get people out, there's no question in my mind there was a failure of some kind", he said. "Everything I can not replace". VIDEO: Rescues underway in Nordale neighborhood, San Jose "Run out try to get my wife and my kid out". ABC7 cameras were rolling when Nguyen's wife and son were rescued by fire officials.

There were apparently 40 people in the area at a homeless encampment when the water began rising very quickly.

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"Our auto is here and we didn't know this was happening", Sharma says, pointing to a submerged vehicle.

They are not intended as overnight shelters, but they will remain open as drop-in centers overnight. Water and snacks are available. Closer to the reservoir, Coyote Creek spilled its banks, causing a flood that closed lanes on US 101. "We're not out of this yet", he said.

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

The weather service issued a flash flood warning for Dayton, Nevada, on Tuesday, where authorities feared a dam might break and send 2 to 4 feet of water into low-lying areas.

While it has caused flooding and misery in San Jose, the run-off from the Anderson Reservoir has also created a magnificent waterfall with all the splendor and power of any in Yosemite National Park. "They're just much more aware of it", Gass said.

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.

  • Phil Peters