UPDATE: All But Three Homes Safe For Return Following SJ Flooding Cleanup
(BANT) – Residents of all but three properties affected by the flooding on Tuesday of Coyote Creek in San Jose can re-enter their homes, a city official said Sunday.
Building inspectors completed inspections and only three of the 4,554 homes in mandatory evacuation areas remain off limits because they are unsafe, assistant city manager and emergency operations director Dave Sykes said.
Residents can go inside their homes but those that have yellow tags on them will need work before residents can move back in.
The three unsafe homes, which are in the Williams Street Park neighborhood, have red tags on them. They will require additional structural evaluation and repairs before they can be occupied again. Homes with green tags on them are safe to enter and occupy.
An assistance center at the Shirakawa/Vietnamese American Community Center on Lucretia Ave. opened Saturday and served 42 households Sunday. Residents can get help with housing, food and insurance and translation services are available in Spanish and Vietnamese. The center will be open this week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m daily. Free transportation is available by calling Yellow Cab at (408) 777-7777 and giving them account No. 1421.
Free transportation is also available to the city’s shelter, now located at the Seven Trees Community Center at 3590 Cas Drive in San Jose. Ninety-six people were taken to the shelter Sunday morning from James Lick High School where they were sheltering.
Sykes said crews are watching for flooding 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If residents see water ponding up to the curb, “that’s when they should call 911,” he said.
City officials said they are grateful for the help of more 1,200 volunteers who have worked in recent days to clean up the flooded neighborhoods.