Now all of the sudden #SanJose is interested in flood control

Hoping to reduce the risk of another flood like the one last week that caused at least $100 million damage and the evacuation of 14,000 people in San Jose, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is drawing up new flood control plans for Coyote Creek.

Meanwhile, Santa Clara County and the San Jose City Council on Tuesday declared a “local emergency,” which allows them to apply for state and federal aid for cleanup efforts and the city to reassign its employees to work on flood issues.

“We discovered during this emergency that we must do better,” said San Jose City Manager Norberto Dueñas. “We will not be back to regular business for a while. The water has now receded, but recovery for our residents in neighborhoods will take months.”

Brilliant deduction Norberto.

Clueless city leaders, including Mayor Sam Liccardo, have questioned why most San Jose residents received no warning or evacuation orders before floodwaters ravaged their homes. The City Council scheduled a public hearing for 3 p.m. on March 9 to discuss the city’s response.

Read the whole story in the Mercury News


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