Dramatic Drone Footage Shows Extent Of San Jose Flooding

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While the series of major storms hitting California have begun to subside, residents of San Jose are being warned to keep away from affected homes until water levels decrease to a safe level. Flash floods along the west coast of the US have seen thousands of people forced to leave their homes and a state of emergency declared by California governor Jerry Brown. The majority of mandatory evacuation orders have now been downgraded for areas including Sutter County around the Oroville Dam Spillway, which sparked panic one week ago when it threatened to collapse during the floods.

However, San Jose, the 10th largest city in the US, remains one of the most substantial urban regions affected, with 14,000 resident evacuated and more than 36,000 homes estimated to be hit by floodwater, reports the San Francisco Gate.

To get a sense of the water damage, the following drone footage shows the extent of the flooding in San Jose.

City Mayor Sam Liccardo has admitted failures in the official response to the storm crisis. “If the first time that a resident is aware that they need to get out of a home is when they see a firefighter in a boat, then clearly something went wrong,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said, report KQED News. “We are assessing what it is that led to that failure.”

The reason for the city's dire predicament is that over the last two weeks, heavy rains pushed water levels at Santa Clara County’s largest reservoir into the danger zone. That happened over the weekend, sending massive amounts of water into the Coyote Creek, which runs through the heart of San Jose. By Tuesday, the creek was overflowing at numerous locations, inundating neighborhoods, flooding hundreds of homes and forcing the frantic evacuations of more than 14,000 residents, who remained out of their homes Wednesday, the LA Times reported.

The worst flooding to hit Silicon Valley in a century left San Jose reeling and residents angry about why they were not given more warning that a disaster was imminent. Even city officials on Wednesday conceded they were caught off guard by the severity of the flooding and vowed a full investigation into what went wrong.

Floodwater surrounds homes in San Jose on Wednesday

Late Wednesday, Assistant City Manager Dave Sykes said officials had learned that the information they had on the capacity of Coyote Creek channel was not accurate. He also said the city was working with the Santa Clara Valley Water District to determine whether debris caused blockages that contributed to flooding.

Neighbors talk in front of their homes, which were inundated after Coyote Creek overflowed

“The creek spilled over the banks faster and higher than anybody expected,” said city spokesman David Vossbrink.

Ricardo Juarez, who has lived in this house for six years, works to free his van Wednesday

Officials said that on Thursday they would focus on assessing the damage and getting residents back home.

Homes and cars are swamped on Wednesday in San Jose

The approximately 14,000 people under mandatory evacuations hailed mostly from central San Jose. Evacuation advisories were also issued to 36,000 residents in a zone that covered a business and industrial area along a roughly seven-mile stretch of Coyote Creek.

Floodwaters surround a play structure in San Jose

By Wednesday evening, city officials had lifted some mandatory evacuations for homes north of Interstate 280. They also revised the number of residents impacted by evacuation advisories down to 22,000.

Cars are covered by floodwater on Wednesday. The Coyote Creek crested to 13.6 feet at a river gauge point on Tuesday

“We haven’t really had anything quite like this before,” Vossbrink said.

Rescuers in chest-deep water steer boats carrying dozens of people, some with babies and pets

Meanwhile, the local government of San Jose has issued an emergency alert declaring that while flood water is creeping back, residents should not return to their homes until authorities deem it safe to do so. The notice informs people to be wary of live electrical units in flooded buildings and structurally unsound walls.

Rescuers travel by boat through a flooded neighborhood looking for stranded residents in San Jose.

The good news, according to a San Jose emergency alert, is that the “water is beginning to subside, however, levels are still high. Many areas are still unsafe to access. The City continues to send in teams to assess damage and determine when it is safe for residents to return to their homes.”

Cars are submerged in a flooded neighborhood in San Jose.

“Flood water and homes, cars, and belongings that have been flooded should be treated as contaminated.” Evacuation notices are still in place in the Oakland and Rock Springs Area of San Jose. A map of the areas still out of bounds for people has been listed on the San Jose government website.  Meanwhile, homes to the south of the city near Lexington Reservoir and Anderson Lake remain in flood danger zones.

For the next few days, California will be dry. But according to weather reports by the United States Geological Survey the rain respite will last until Sunday, when another “storm system is predicted to bring 1-3 inches of rain to the regions on Sunday.”

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1980XLS's picture

God works in mysterious ways.


God bless  him

localsavage's picture

Good...San Jose is all for the liberals who spend money on lawyers for illegals instead of taking care of infrastructure.  They are getting what they deserve.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

What about the 35-40% who voted for Trump?

The bottom line is most people, regardless of their political leaning, are held hostage by and to the various governmental hierarchies.

UnclePhester's picture
UnclePhester (not verified) Cognitive Dissonance Feb 23, 2017 7:18 PM

Beaners should always be pre-soaked, no?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Natural gas is not pleasant when contained. Let it go bro, let it go.

evoila's picture

The floods in San Jose hit mostly the blue-collar hispanic areas of the city. 

onewayticket2's picture

they voted overwhelmingly for democrats and the policies in place.

Jim Sampson's picture

When are they going to succeed again?  I hope it's before we fix their shit.

FireBrander's picture

NOAA October 2016 California 4 month forecast:  Drought will continue and worsen.


NOAA 83 year temperature forecast: Average global temps will rise 1.8 to 4.0C.

OMG! No more please! It's just too much comedy.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Jim Sampson Feb 23, 2017 8:47 PM

City Mayor Sam Liccardo was the guy who told the cops to stand down and let the thugs attack Trump supporters last year.


A Nanny Moose's picture

Indeed. Let's see you request disaster area status from DC now...fuckers.

onewayticket2's picture

Here's the CEO of the Santa Clara Water District who miscalculated the waterflow rates was "caught by surprise" by the flooding....

"... the city relied on information from the Santa Clara Valley Water District that Coyote Creek could handle 7,400 cubic feet per second in the Rock Springs area before it would flood surrounding homes. But that wasn’t the case: 

source: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/22/san-jose-flood-mayor-clear-failure...

btw, she spoke at La Raza's meeting....(not a Republican outfit - to say the LEAST).   so the hispanics got the short end of the stick - thanks to ms camacho.



Never One Roach's picture

Hispanics (at least the legal ones) don't realize they will benefit alot more under The Donald then under a corrupt Demobrat.

stacking12321's picture

than, not then

you shouldn't be an illiterate ignoramus, as well as a hate filled nazi.

pick one or the other, you can't have both.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) onewayticket2 Feb 23, 2017 8:16 PM

Living on the wrong side of the tracks does that always.

Cheap housing in flood zones.

onewayticket2's picture

True, but the ISSUE is that they got no warning from ms Camacho or the bloated govt they voted and paid for!!

No warning means ruined possessions for those who can afford it least.

SixIsNinE's picture

wow - neat link - the water district CEO pulls in $445,000 in pay & bennies !!   everyone else pulls in over $220K w/ bennies.  

FIAT CON's picture

Wow, that king of pay gets a pension that reflects the pay, so how many tax dollars are need from the illegals to fund this.

Rufus Temblor's picture

Yeah but there's no chance she was hired based on her diversity value.  <sarc>


Actually, this is what you get when you hire managers based on their skin color, ethnicity and political views.  All of CA is one big fukin mess.  They get what they deserve.

Ms. Erable's picture

You seem to be under the misapprehension that .gov - at any level - works for the citizens it bilks every day.

.gov only gives a shit about itself, and fuck you, pay me is its standard response to any inquiry.

onewayticket2's picture

no.  the opposite.  if you read my post, you'd understand that they got what they voted for......and that is a scam of false security.   they voted overwhelmingly for democrats....on the promise of protection top to bottom.  they paid $400k+ to ms camacho and others to oversee the water component (minor at that) and were totally failed. 

Ms. Camacho will still get her LaRaza speaking engagements and her $442k per year pay (and even richer pension)....but the voters who entrusted her with their votes lost their only possessions because, "you fucked up, you trusted us" (hattip:  caddyshack)


maybe they will learn, but i doubt it.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) onewayticket2 Feb 23, 2017 8:23 PM

They won't hire whites just like San Francisco.

and that is the true definition of racism "can't get the job due to the color of your skin"

when are whites going to sue these cities.

Son of Loki's picture

XXX Things come in threes: oroville dam fiasco; SD flooding; and , what next?

SF eartquake?

Rufus Temblor's picture

Wouldn't make sense to sue when the judge is going to be the same type of incompetent socialist, chosen for his liberal credentials, as the COO of the water authority.

FIAT CON's picture

When are whites going to parade the streets screaming Racisim.

divingengineer's picture

It's a sorry ass civil engineer that can't  even use HEC HMS.

Part of being competent is admitting when you don't know how to do something.

Guy's lucky nobody died.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Blame going to Global Warming, Trump and White people in 3....2....1

limited man's picture
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Curiously_Crazy's picture

Makes sense.

Generally the richer people live in the higher laying areas and the poor get stuck in the lower. The exeption being coastal beach properties.

Hundred or so years ago all the factory/business owners and other powers that be would live at the top of the hills, while the people actually working the factories would be housed next to their place of work amongst all the pollution.

nmewn's picture

Good thing they've got those .gov bureaucracies overflowing with highly skilled professional & caring "public servants" with engineering degrees who have done all the calculations on pounds per square foot of water pressure on levees who will not allow any building in flash flood zones...

...without an approved permit!

Son of Loki's picture


Maxine Waters is already on it and has sent a memo to the "scumbags" in the Republican Congress and "scumbag" Trump and his supporters for flood money.

After the Republican get a good laugh and roll on the floor for awhile, they'll toss that letter where it belongs.


divingengineer's picture

Yes, it always boils down to a permit.

You can open a cyanide plant, next to the municipal water supply, on a tsunami flood plain, in seismic zone 4, if you pay the fees.

sheikurbootie's picture

Hopefully, this will give those illegal hispanics a very good reason to move back to Mexico or wherever the fuck they belong.

UnclePhester's picture
UnclePhester (not verified) UnclePhester Feb 23, 2017 7:24 PM

I still only trust Alberto Gorez, the Father of Modern Global Cooling Science when it comes to climatological issues. He first warned us of the approaching Maunder Minimum, and Impending Ice Age over 2 decades ago.


A true visionary, silenced by the GREEDY RACIST AMISH CONTROLLED MEDIA...

hannah's picture

back in the 1960's they harped about sea level rise and new orleans and florida and manhatten still exist. nobody rebuilt the cities on stilts...the sea level rise never came.


over population was going to kill us all and now no child can be left behind. african babies are born with their brains outside the head and we spend millions to keep them alive so they can breed.

Cheka_Mate's picture

They voted against a candidate whose platform was to rebuild American infrastructure.

Not rebuilding infrastructure has consequences...

Lorca&#039;s Novena's picture

Has anyone called you an idiot before?

This is just the beginning btw... winter is still here.

hitex's picture

Its not that bad! Houston and northwest counties had it worse in late May 2016 flood. They had to rescue livestock as well...just sounds like San Jose doesnt have proper emergency flood systems in place. Ridiculous. 

1980XLS's picture

Those that voted for Trump are not snowflakes.

They're probably prepared.


If not, fuck 'em, they're stupid too.


It is California after all.

Dilluminati's picture

Yep.. Dallas no money for police pension, handouts to illegals


NIRP Diggler's picture

Fuck them both.....fix the potholes and sync up the traffic lights for christ sake!

Never One Roach's picture

Also plenty of $$ for the "refugees." Have you seen that area by NW Highway and Greenville where the Half price Book Store is?


They call it, "Little Somalia." And next to it is, "Little Ethiopia."

TheLastTrump's picture

get your fucking priorities straight DEMOCRATS



Omen IV's picture

if they write an algorithm the water will recede