Flooding in San Jose Forces Evacuation of 14,000

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Floodwaters surround vehicles on February 22, 2017, in San Jose, California. (Photo: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)

After being hit by what's being called the worst flooding in 100 years, San Jose officials called for the mandatory evacuation of about 14,000 residents on Tuesday and Wednesday. The flooding came after another round of heavy rain on Monday caused Coyote Creek, which runs through the heart of the city, to overflow unexpectedly. Some residents had to be rescued from the floodwaters by boat. City officials say the creek is now stable and no longer rising, and the areas under mandatory evacuation have reduced in size. We'll bring you the latest on the flooding and discuss why residents in San Jose weren't warned about the threat sooner.


Sam Liccardo, mayor, City of San Jose

Robert Salonga, crime and public safety reporter, The Mercury News

Jim Fiedler, chief operations officer of Water Utility Enterprise, Santa Clara Valley Water District