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San Jose, Calif. flooding forces 14000 to evacuate

A Calfire helicopter assisted in the search of several people believed to be trapped in trees on the golf course.

The mucky water flooding a section of San Jose in Northern California forced officials on Wednesday to widen the area under mandatory evacuation orders, with about 14,000 people barred from returning to their homes following drenching rains.

"Any time we're showing up in boats to get people out of their homes, there's been a failure".

The water rose Tuesday, suddenly, relentlessly, flooding homes and apartments.

The rains that burst the river banks were the latest in a series of storms that have dumped huge quantities of water from the Pacific Ocean on California.

Oravec said much of Northern and Central California will see heavy rains roll in sometime Saturday. The rain had stopped Tuesday afternoon, but more could come after nightfall. "And more is on the way". Up north, San Francisco has been hit by 24.5 inches (60 cm) of rain since October 1- more than it normally gets in a year.

"They are being decontaminated because this is polluted water", Low says.

"Clearly, there's a source in the creek where there's a significantly large amount of water that's rushing in", Liccardo said. It was not an easy job for some.

San Jose Fire Department Capt. Mitch Matlow, who's been with the department 35 years, tells NBC Bay Area, "This is the worst flooding and water rescue situation that I have personally participated in".

The storms even battered portions of Nevada.

"They said we had 10 minutes to pack the things we wanted to bring", said 10-year-old Jaycey Manuel, who threw some clothes into a backpack and rode with neighbors to higher ground.

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"A storm water retention basin located south west of Dayton Valley Road is full and overflowing into drainages", Lyon County Manager Jeffrey Page said.

Coyote Canal was constructed in "the early 20th century" by the Santa Clara County Water Conservation District, the precursor agency of SCVWD, Grimes said.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo acknowledged that municipal officials should have responded faster to the flood warnings and evacuated people sooner. Bolsa Knolls community resident George Quintero said floodwaters at one point reached his waist.

"We haven't really had anything quite like this before", he said.

There is a voluntary evacuation in place for residents in the low-lying areas near Coyote Creek, from Capital Expressway to Interstate 880.

There were conflicting reports Tuesday night about whether the horses had been evacuated.

Hundreds of other residents in the region fled rising waters.

"Our deputies are basically hiking in and hiking out", Martin said.

Winds were howling. A gust of 199 miles per hour was measured atop Ward Mountain at the Alpine Meadows ski resort late Monday evening, the weather service said. It noted that "rivers will continue to run high through the end of the week". Authorities ordered an emergency evacuation more than a week ago when a spillway threatened to crumble.

It was not immediately clear how many homes suffered flood damage.

Bacon reported from McLean, Va.

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