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San Jose mayor: Clear ‘failure’ led to record flooding

Published Thursday February 23

By Eric Kurhi, Ramona Giwargis and Mark Gomez, Bay Area News Group

SAN JOSE >> A day after rescuers boated hundreds of people to safety during San Jose’s worst flooding in decades, city officials Wed let abundant of the 14,000 evacuated residents return home and blamed the sudden breach of Coyote Creek on bad info about its capacity.

The flooding followed a series of heavy rains that filled Anderson Reservoir to capacity. Downstream, Coyote Creek quickly swelled to 4 ft. above flood level, cresting at 14.4 ft. around three in the afternoon Tue and breaking a 95-year-old record of 12.8 ft. set in 1922.

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