San Jose recovers, cleans up after flooding

Officials in San Jose announced Thursday morning that city staff members are beginning storm recovery and cleanup, and will focus on bringing resources to people affected by recent flooding.

According to city officials, floodwaters along Coyote Creek have started to recede, leading staff in the city’s Emergency Operations Center to begin a new recovery and cleanup phase.

While areas under mandatory evacuation have reduced in size, officials said three areas remain under mandatory evacuation because contaminated floodwaters there have not yet receded. The areas of Williams Street Park, Rock Springs, and Old Oakland Road, all remain under mandatory evacuation.

City officials said that while evacuation centers are now closed, overnight shelters are open for those in need. Evergreen Valley High School, located at 3300 Quimbly Road, is open and reports that the number of people sheltered there has shrunk from 110 to 10. James Lick High School, located at 57 N. White Road, is also open and sheltering 144 people as of this morning, city officials said.

The city’s four winter overnight warming centers are also open to homeless individuals, as they normally are during periods of cold and wet weather. Warming centers include the Tully Community Center located at 880 Tully Road, the Bascom Community Center located at 1000 S. Bascom Ave., Biblioteca Lationamericana located at 921 S. First St., and the Washington United Youth Center located at 921B S. First St.