San Jose: : City of San José Ready for Upcoming Storm
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~ San Jose, Calif. - The City of San José is gearing up for an upcoming storm that is expected to bring 1-3 inches of rainfall and high wind gusts of 40+ mph starting Wednesday morning, January 31 through Thursday morning, February 1. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch in effect from January 31 at 4 a.m. until February 2 at 4 a.m. and a wind advisory from January 31 at 4 a.m. until February 1 at 4 a.m.

City staff have been working diligently to prepare for the storm and ensure the safety of all residents, including those who are unhoused. Assistant City Manager Lee Wilcox stated that the City has activated an Incident Management Team to closely monitor the storm and respond accordingly.

Mayor Matt Mahan emphasized the importance of being prepared for the storm, stating that "the best way to mitigate its impact is to prepare for it." He also mentioned that outreach teams have been working since Monday, January 29 to offer housing options and resources to unhoused residents.

The outreach efforts have been focused on areas near waterways such as Guadalupe Creek, Los Gatos Creek, Coyote Creek, Penitencia Creek, Ross Creek, and residential areas near Guadalupe Creek. The San José Police Department will also be utilizing long-range acoustic devices (LRADs) along waterways to encourage unhoused residents to voluntarily relocate to higher ground.

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Unhoused residents who choose to relocate will be provided with transportation to the Overnight Warming Location (OWL) at Roosevelt Community Center where they can stay warm and dry during the storm. The OWL currently has space for 30 participants but will expand to accommodate an additional 30 through Monday, February 5. Walk-ins are welcome and pets are also allowed.

In addition to the OWL, warming locations operated by the County of Santa Clara are also available for those in need. San José libraries and community centers will also be open during normal business hours for residents to seek shelter from the storm.

The City's Department of Transportation is also prepared for the storm, with crews working around the clock and on-call to address any issues that may arise. Residents are encouraged to report any storm-related hazards such as clogged storm drains, flooding, or fallen trees by calling 408-794-1900.

Residents living near waterways may experience street ponding at certain hotspots, including Penitencia Creek at Mabury Road and King Road, as well as Ross Creek at Cherry Avenue. To stay updated on water levels in these areas, residents can view waterway cameras on the Valley Water website.

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To receive the latest updates on the storm, residents can follow the City of San José on social media platforms such as Instagram (@CityOfSanJose), Facebook (, and Twitter (

Valley Water Board Chair Nai Hsueh stressed the importance of being prepared for potential flooding threats by downloading emergency apps like AlertSCC and knowing the nearest sandbag location. The City of San José encourages all residents to follow helpful tips from Valley Water to prepare for the upcoming storm.

With almost one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California's largest city and the 12th largest city in the nation. Its transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world.

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