California has seen some of the worst and intense rainfall in a very long time, which has resulted in major flooding of San Jose.
Rescue teams have been struggling in deep water to load boats with families as flood waters bombard neighbourhoods. The source of the flooding is due to an overflowing creek close the San Jose.
The rains were the latest produced by a series of storms generated by so-called atmospheric rivers that dump massive quantities of Pacific Ocean water on California after carrying it aloft from as far away as Hawaii.
“The water started to seep in the driveway, and then it started to creep up into the front door. It kept getting worse and worse,” said Alex Hilario, who walked in knee-high water to get to his car and leave the area. “We didn’t get a chance to get anything out.”
225 residents were taken to dry land and rinsed with soap and water to prevent them from being sickened by floodwaters from the Coyote Creek that had travelled through engine fuel, garbage, debris and over sewer lines, San Jose Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said.
The current storm system began to weaken Tuesday after dumping more than a half-inch of rain in the San Joaquin Valley, over an inch in San Francisco, and more than 5 inches in the mountains above Big Sur over the previous 24 hours, the National Weather Service reported.
Locals should stay up to date with the latest weather forecasts.