San Jose, a hub of Silicon Valley south of San Francisco on Tuesday declared a local emergency, as the fast-rising flood water caught residents from about 500 houses and apartments near Senter Road and Phelan Avenue by surprise where the water level from the creek reached the top of cars.
This week’s flooding in San Jose has been caused by the overflowing Anderson Reservoir near Morgan Hill.
This is the wettest winter in twenty years and after five years of drought, the overflowed Coyote Creek had flooded a San Jose neighbourhood of Rock Springs.
Electricity went out while trees were downed, as flood alerts were sent and evacuations were made.
The Coyote Creek was expected to surpass the highest flow rates ever recorded since 1950.