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California's San Jose flooded after heavy rains, hundreds evacuated (VIDEO)

California's San Jose flooded after heavy rains, hundreds evacuated (VIDEO)Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats full of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighbourhood inundated Tuesday by water from an overflowing creek.

This is reported by Associated Press.

Further north, farmers used tractors to shore up an endangered levee in California's agricultural heartland, officials opened a spillway at the Don Pedro reservoir for the first time in 20 years, and a Sierra Nevada highway threatened to collapse after the latest downpours swelled waterways, leaving nearly half of the state under flood advisories.

In San Jose, at least 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.

Rescuers went door-to-door searching for people who needed to leave the neighbourhood. Only residents who could prove they had been cleaned of the floodwaters were allowed to board buses to shelters.



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.
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