Weather Update and Readiness
After scattered showers through Tuesday, dry and warmer weather is expected for the remainder of the week. Staff from the City’s Department of Transportation continue to monitor creek conditions and are watching for any issues with fallen trees. For more information, go to http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/. Property owners who are considering removing a tree should consult the City’s Tree Removal handout or call 408-535-3555.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District continues to release water from Anderson Reservoir. As of today, April 17, the reservoir is approximately 26 feet below the spillway elevation and is at 68 percent of capacity. For more information about reservoir levels and stream flows, go to http://alert.valleywater.org/.
FEMA funding available to assist with public damages
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it will make funding available on a cost-sharing basis to multiple counties in California to help pay for repairs or replacement of public facilities damaged by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from February 1 to February 23, 2017. The funds may also be used for hazard mitigation measures statewide. The funds can be applied as follows:
City staff anticipate that the State will cover 18.75 percent of the costs, leaving 6.25 percent of costs to be covered by local funds. Assessment of public property damages and emergency response costs in San José continue to be refined and now stand at $25 million, up from an earlier estimate of $18 million. The FEMA funding does not apply to damages on private property. However, as discussed below, disaster loans and grants are available for private property owners in addition to assistance from the Flood Victims Relief Fund.
Car Replacement & Donation Program
The City is working with Goodwill Silicon Valley, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, and local automobile dealers to help those who lost their cars to the Coyote Creek flood. The estimated need is between 300-500 cars. A $100,000 donation to the Flood Victims Relief Fund will be used to purchase used vehicles in working condition at discount prices from local auto dealers. This program is also inviting donations of cars in working condition from individuals and organizations. The City donated 20 of its fleet vehicles to this program, and may donate more as they become available.
Housing Assistance & Unit Donation Program
The City has launched a program to match donations of housing units or listings of low-cost units with those who lost their housing to the flood. The units are listed at www.scchousingsearch.org, although access to the site is controlled for the near future so as to ensure flood victims have first opportunity at the donated or reserved units. Flood survivors seeking housing must be in case management with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.
Property owners: To donate or list low-cost units, call 877-428-8844.
Flood survivors seeking housing: Contact Catholic Charities at 866-305-0617 or email disasterrelief@CatholicCharitiesSCC.org. Or visit:
Disaster Loans and Grants
Disaster loans with very favorable terms are available to help qualifying renters, homeowners, and businesses affected by the February 2017 Coyote Creek Flood. Learn more at www.sanjoseca.gov/FloodRecoveryLoans.
Seven Trees shelter is closed; residents have taken other housing options
Over the weekend of April 7-9, there were far fewer shelter residents as most had taken opportunities to relocate to hotels, motels or apartments. By Saturday April 8, only nine people spent the night at the shelter. By Sunday, all had moved successfully into other housing options. The shelter officially closed on Monday, April 10. City staff worked with schools to ensure that children who had stayed at the shelter continued to have transportation arrangements even as they moved to other housing.
Case workers from Catholic Charities are working with flood victims on their long-term housing needs and other social service needs. The number of households under case management has risen to 173 households (average 3.3 persons per household). Housing options are coordinated with the City’s Housing Department, and this includes access to housing units donated through the City’s Housing Unit Donation Program.
Free Taxi Service continues between homes, City Hall, Sacred Heart, and Catholic Charities. The free taxi service continues for those needing transportation assistance between Sacred Heart, Catholic Charities, City Hall, and their homes. Call Yellow Cab at 408-777-7777 for a ride only between these points. Provide the driver with Account #1421 to cover the taxi fee.
Building Inspections and Entry Status of Properties
The number of “restricted entry” (yellow tag) units in flood-affected neighborhoods continues to drop, now at a total of 39. This reflects the combined efforts of property owners and City staff to undertake the necessary permits, inspections, and repairs to address building safety concerns. For some of the remaining units, property owners may be out of the area, and they have yet to initiate the necessary steps. City staff are making efforts to connect with and support all property owners on necessary repairs.
Flood recovery cleanups are largely completed. Volunteers who wish to continue helping with community projects and needs will now find opportunities at the City’s regular volunteer calendar and web page. Thank you to our thousands of volunteers who tremendously assisted with the flood recovery efforts!
To receive emails about volunteer opportunities, go to https://www.sanjoseca.gov/list.aspx, and scroll to ‘calendar’ and click on the envelope icon next to the “One Day Volunteer Events.”
Flood Victims Relief Fund and Donations
Donations to the community-supported Flood Victims Relief Fund totaled $6.7 million as of April 14. To date, $2.2 million was made available in direct cash assistance, and $3.0 million is being used for housing assistance, car replacement ($100,000), and case management. Another round of distributions is planned and will include assistance to homeless individuals who lost belongings to the flood.
To make a donation to the fund, go to: www.siliconvalleycf.org/sjflood
Housing Assistance, General Inquiries, Expedited Permit Assistance
San José City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San José
If driving, park under City Hall Tower on South 6th Street. Bring the parking stub to the first floor for validation.
People affected by the flood can go to City Hall for housing assistance and expedited building permits, as well as access to a range of flood assistance information.
Additional Information for Flood Victims
The City continues to develop or relay from partners a range of information to assist flood victims. This information is available at www.sanjoseca.gov/FloodRecoveryHandouts, and distributed at libraries, community centers and in some cases door-to-door drops in the flood-affected neighborhoods. Handouts include:
For regular updates please visit www.sanjoseca.gov/FloodRecovery (older www.sanjoseca.gov/stormupdate will redirect to this)