A day after rescuers boated hundreds of people to safety during San Jose’s worst flooding in decades, city officials Wednesday let many of the 14,000 evacuated residents return home and blamed the sudden overflow of Coyote Creek on bad information about its capacity.
Presidents’ Day storms brought record-breaking rainfall to parts of the Bay Area, including surpassing a high-water mark in San Jose that had stood for over 100 years, according to the National Weather Service.
San Francisco’s famously pure High Sierra water is about to be served with a twist. Starting next month, city water officials will begin adding local groundwater to the Yosemite supplies that have satiated the area’s thirst since the 1930s and made the clean, crisp water here the envy of the nation.
Historic flooding worsened in San Jose late Tuesday as the banks of Santa Clara County’s longest creek continued to overflow, inundating apartment buildings and mobile homes and forcing hundreds of residents to flee.
A roaring waterfall is pouring over Santa Clara County’s Anderson Reservoir for the first time in 11 years. … Flooding along Coyote Creek is expected on Tuesday as the reservoir continues to spill over.
Meg Jordan was walking her dog along the East San Rafael shoreline this week when she caught sight of something she had never seen before — a sprawling mass of tule grass, branches and garbage floating near Spinnaker Point.
Rain storms this winter have swelled water in Lake Sonoma to near-record levels, submerging once-dry boat ramps, repeatedly flooding the dockside marina and banishing the bath tub rings that for years were a telltale sign of the state’s prolonged and withering drought.
Refrigerators are among the more unusual items fished out of bays and lagoons this month when days of rain, wind and high tides blasted Marin and the North Bay like a fire hose, washing all manner of hazardous junk into our waters.
In a state with periodic droughts that are expected to increase in severity, California water suppliers know they must make the most of drinking-water supplies. For some that means increasing conservation; for others, it means developing alternative water sources. San Francisco has done both.