by Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News
SAN JOSE — Heavy rain continues to pour in the once drought-stricken California.
Over 200 people were forced to evacuate from their homes on Tuesday, after heavy rain flooded San Jose neighborhoods.
Emergency workers used boats to transport people from their homes to safer grounds.
James Lick High School is currently serving as the evacuation center.
Fil-Am Joel William was one of those evacuated from his condominium complex.
“The water started rising around 10 o’clock,” William said. “It was maybe lik,e six inches on water but then after a couple of hours, it was almost 24 inches of water… and all the cars were kind of already submerged in water.”
William, like other evacuated residents, had to be decontaminated with soap and water, as floodwaters traveled through engine fuel, garbage, and over sewer lines.
Many came to the evacuation center with only what they could carry. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are providing evacuees with food and clothes.
“We just grabbed as much as we can, all the important stuff… like passports, IDs, documents, some cash,” William said. “We were able at least to bring our stuff on top of the bed, and on top of the tables, just to kind of protect it a little bit.”
According to San Jose fire spokesman Captain Mitch Matlow, the recent rains caused the Anderson Reservoir to spill, causing the coyote creek to overflow.
San Jose emergency crews are already at work, trying to prepare for the possibility of more rains this weekend.