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people including hundreds who had to be rescued by boat. we have live team coverage tonight. alyana gomez will tell us about a rescue operation to retrieve horses stranded, but we begin with south bay reporter jesse gary in one of those neighborhoods that had been swamped with water. >> reporter: we are at thelma olinda park. we've watched the late afternoon sun bake what was mud into a hard sheen on these tennis courts. this is a problem, mud on lawns, sidewalks, streets, et cetera. now, much of the neighborhood trying to clean up right now using power blowers to get that muck off of their houses. let's talk numbers. at this hour 3800 san jose residents are still under a mandatory evacuation, down considerably from 14,000 yesterday, but today presents its own problems. >> there we go. maybe that will work.
>> reporter: eric heckman said by the time he reached for sandbags yesterday it was too late. he said the city could have done more. >> if they had actually built some -- a little bit of a levee or something, that probably would have held back some of it. i don't know with this much. would it have held all of it? i don't know, but would it give us more time. >> reporter: usgs scientists say the damage may not have been caused by mistiming but fate. >> we were a little surprised. we didn't expect to see the stream rise this much. >> reporter: this technician, anthony guerrero, says a convergence of factors caused the flooding. first, heavy rainfall for a prolonged period. next, water going over the spillway, and third, vegetation
growing because of the drought. >> that displaces the water and makes the first flow even higher. >> reporter: that can lead to flooding? >> it could affect flooding, yes. >> reporter: city leaders plan to scrutinize real-time flood information in hopes of correcting problems that may have led to so much destruction. >> we will be working extremely closely with the santa clara valley water district to look at their hydrological model, to understand how coyote creek actually behaved under these extreme high water conditions that were a new experience for everybody. and to look at the specific locations where we had flooding to find out how things happened, where they did, and when they did. >> reporter: david vossbrink, a spokesman for the city, says they are going to work with the usgs to tweak their models, because that's the information that the city officials use to make the did he recall nation when they should sound the alarm to try and get people
out. this is going to be a long process. but it is going to start in earnest once they get through this phase of getting people back into their homes. live in san jose, jesse gary, ktvu fox 2 news. >> if they have days more rain, how are they working to prevent this same thing from happening? when it comes to the vegetation do they plan to remove some of that so they don't run into the problem? >> reporter: one of the few good things about the vegetation that was in the floor of coyote creek is that because of the water flow from all of this rain, a lot of it has been cleared out. so initially the vegetation acted as, if you had a glass of water, with just straight water, then you had a several cubes of ice, it pushes the water out of the glass. that's kind of what the vegetation did inside the creek. but now because of so much rain over such a short period of time it's been cleared out naturally by nature. so that's one answer. as far as if we have more rain coming up in the days ahead, obviously city leaders are a
little more sensitive to the needs of residents and to making sure they get the word out. so the mayor said, if we have to go out and knock on doors personally, he will do that. but they are going to be a lot quicker just in the short term, just because they know that so many people are out, are inconvenienced, and are worried. so for the rest of this rainy season you can expect a warning more likely than not anytime they fear that there could be flooding. >> jesse gary, thanks. >> some people at san jose are defying the mandatory evacuation orders and returning to their homes to check on damage. maureen naylor met two families would found the flood waters have left behind a huge mess, and they have no idea what they are going to do next. >> reporter: we met 13-year-old daisy and her parents as they waited to see if they could get into their apartment. >> i just want to go inside the house and see what's left of everything. >> reporter: but her optimism would soon find a heartbreaking reality. daisy and her mother wrapped
their shines plastic bags, navigating through a mandatory evacuation area and the muddy sludge firefighters say may be contaminated and a health threat. once inside -- >> oh my god [ bleep ]! >> reporter: they found the carpet was more like a muddy sponge. >> i'm not as excited because everything is gone now. >> reporter: she discovered her folk dresses soaked with muck. >> i grew up dancing. now it's ruined. and i had more dresses, and i feel like they're gone, too. >> reporter: her father show where you say the water came up. he says moved their couches several feet. >> right now at this point i'm kind of at a loss because this was my home, and right now we're out. we don't know when we're going to come back, and it's pretty bad. >> that's the water line.
>> that's the water line. >> reporter: out on the street, this family car with car cease in the back is a telling benchmark. see if you can make out its roof in the middle of its picture at the peak of the flooding. >> that's what it looked like while we were doing evacuation. the car was completely underwater. now you can see the car is -- the car is probably destroyed. >> reporter: this playground also flooded. it and the street now need to be decontaminated. as far as estimating when they're dog to be able to goo go back in their homes we can't do that yet, because, like i said, we haven't cleaned the streets, we haven't cleaned the sidewalks. >> reporter: another family waded through the same mess but they were lucky to have an upstairs apartment. this nine-year-old, in the fourth grade, says they have been staying with friends, and her parents have been comforting her. >> they said that anywhere you live, at least we have a place to sleep. >> reporter: the city tonight is power washing streets and hopes to let some residents back in soon. here in the rock springs area one of the hardest hit, this is
a sign of progress. for the first time in three nights there is no standing water. in san jose, maureen naylor, ktvu fox 2 news. a rescue operation to retrieve stranded horses that were cut off by the rising waters. they spent the last few days wading in flood waters. ali an that gomez is in san jose to show us the rescue today. alyana. >> reporter: frank, good evening. it was a very difficult operation, one that took a lot of time and patience given the proximity to coyote creek. the horses are being boarded on property along that creek there. some of them were brought here to the police equine center where they can rest, they can eat, and by the looks of them they have been doing pretty well. >> reporter: it was a tall order, rescuing 28 horses that had been stranded for days in flood waters by coyote creek. >> the water wasn't too high but it is really strong. >> reporter: current was
difficult to dredge through especially with horses who are scared and tense. >> horses don't like water because they can't see where their feet are going, plus it makes noise and it's moving funny. >> reporter: once the rescue group cleared the crossing they followed the muddy path out to the street where the trailers were waiting. this woman wanted to help after seeing the pictures and video of the horses stranded. >> i have a truck and trailer so certainly i was willing to help out. >> reporter: despite the challenges they faced, owners say the rescues couldn't wait any longer, with another round of rain in the forecast, the horses' health became a big concern. >> you can get fungus, foot rot, hoof rot, stuff like that. it's certainly not good for them. they were walking fine. there's no lameness or anything that we have seen. it looks like they came through it okay. >> reporter: back out here at the police equine center in san jose, you can see those horses. you can see four of them. thaises four of the seven that were rescued today, and 20
more, i'm told, still need to be rescued, some of them not in very good health. that's going to take some time. some of the rescue organizations and groups were going to be back out here tomorrow hoping to rescue the rest of those horses from that property off of coyote creek. but again it is a very difficult operation. there was a lot of frustration, a lot of stress involved, but they're doing the best they can and hope to get them all pulled out of that water by tomorrow. live in san jose, alyana gomez, ktvu fox 2 news. >> those horses that are still trapped, are they able to get them any food or water at all? >> reporter: yes, absolutely, frank. some of the owners we spoke with said they were able to get out here on tuesday and even yesterday to give them some of the food. so they have been fed over the past couple of days. some people were actually kayaking across the flood waters to bring them food and to check on them and make sure they were okay. they care deeply about thesis horses, so yeah, they have been able to bet some food.
>> thank you alyana. if you would like to help those affect by the flooding we have posted a link to our website on how you can donate. click on web links. we have some sad new developments from alameda county where sheriff's deputy mike foley has died. the 60-year-old deputy was struck by a bus driven by another deputy early yesterday morning. >> this afternoon ktvu's cristina rendon learned that the officer's family is going to donate his organs. cristina is in dublin with more on all this. >> reporter: deputy foley's family is mourning his death and is the alameda county sheriff's office. they say they've lost a member of their family, too, and they have lowered the flags to half- staff in his honor. >> today is extra painful for us, and it hurts. >> reporter: hearts are heavy in alameda county for deputy mike foley. the 38-year-old law enforcement veteran was respected for his character and work ethic. >> even though he was an older officer and he was on his second career here at our
office, he could work circles around these young cops, and he was a mentor and a leader, and he was looked up to. he was -- more importantly he was a wonderful human being. he was a father, a husband, a brother to -- and a son. >> reporter: foley began his career with the concord police department then sworn in as an officer in 1978. he worked as a motor officer, a school resource officer, and on the s.w.a.t. team. he retired in 2007 but joined alameda county that same year to help put his son through college. the president of the concord police officers association has fond memories of foley. >> i don't think his blood pressure ever got over 100 beats a minute. he was very calm and even keeled, and he was a good influence on a young officer like myself. >> foley died one day after he was accidentally hit by an inmate bus driven by another deputy in the parking lot. the 60-year-old was born and raised in oakland and lived in an tie okay. he came from a law enforcement
feel. in death he will be helping others as an organ donor. >> if there was one small little thing that we could take away from this it is that mike's life will save other people's lives, and that he will give the gift of life to others. >> reporter: because foley died in the line of duty, he will be given full honors. his funeral services are pending. the last time alameda county lost a deputy in the line of duty was in 1998. frank. >> cristina, we talked about this at 5:00, but i thought it was worth bringing up again. the driver of the transport bus was good friends with the deputy who died. any word on how he is doing? >> reporter: he is still very traumatized, still devastate by this. they were friends because everyone in the transportation department knows each other very well. so it's been a really difficult time for him. >> cristina, there was word yesterday that there was condensation on the windows of that bus and that may have played a role into how this had happened. did you hear anything more about that? >> reporter: we did not.
we know chp was out here this morning kind of recreating the weather conditions to remap this accident. but they say there were a lot of fact to not just the condensation, but the tact that foley was wearing dark clothing, the fact that it was still dark out at 6:15. there were a number of contributing factors. >> cristina rendon, thank you. the experience that people have is something that strengthens our hand. >> congresswoman nancy pelosi speaking out in san francisco. ahead at 6:30, the deep concerns she expressed about one particular issue in washington. plus, new bart cars in the bay area for testing, but they are heavier than before. the new concerns coming up next. and it is going to be a cold one tomorrow morning, even colder than this morning. i will show you the spots that will break the freezing point.
bart's new train cars are starting to be delivered but they're coming off the assembly line although a heavier weight than what sin the contract. those new cars have already hit a few bumps. they include a test car that ran off the tracks. also the canadian manufacturer asked for a government bailout. >> now the new cars are being delivered heavier than they're supposed to be. ktvu's paul chambers asked bart about this latest issue. >> reporter: by the end of this year bart plans to have at least 60 of the 775 new trains
in service. but as the new cars come off the production line bart says an empty train car will weigh more than originally contracted, since learning the news bart says it has been working with its manufacturer, bombardier, to work on reducing the empty car weight. bart says when the train cars are rolled out they're confident the fully loaded cars will weigh less than the original contract with bombardier. but an engineer says he is concerned with how bart comes up with the weight. he says bart bases its weight system on each rider weighing 150 pounds. although his true concern isn't the weight of the car itself, he says the weight of the structures the cars will ride on is a problem. >> the cars are actually part of the demand imposed on the system, but the real concern is focused on the capacity or ability of the system, in this case aerial structures, to support those weights. >> reporter: bart is using an
on-call engineering firm to inspect 30 aerial structures beginning in march. however, he says the agency is required to do this because of the assessment. california senator kamala harris toured the oroville dam today. the senator surveyed the dam from the air and was briefed by local and state officials as well as the national guard. in a tweet, senator harris called for action to address the billions of dollars in needed infrastructure repairs facing this country. for almost two weeks now crews have been working around the clock since lake oroville overflowed, badly eroding the emergency spillway. the threat of flooding prompted the evacuation of 180,000 people. >> niles canyon road in fremont is closed, this time due to a falling tree. police announced the closure just a few hours ago. anyone driving between fremont
is sunol will need to take an alternate route. >> a cold start again tomorrow, then your saturday. but it's not a big deal. there's going to be some showers out there but it is not anything -- let's hardly even call at store. it drops very little rain. drops temperatures, maybe some snow flurries on the higher peaks like diablo and hamilton. frost advisory -- or not a frost advisory. there will be frost inmany valleys. these are the numbers this morning. 29 in rohnert park. even though there's not a freeze warning or frost advisory, it is going to be freezing in spots and frost in spots. if you had it this morning, count on it tomorrow morning. jacks will be needed.
temperatures tomorrow are going to get into the mid-50s in the warmest spots. 57 in morgan hill, 56 in san jose. so tomorrow, your try day is a transition day to what is going to be a wet day on saturday. now, the saturday forecast basically calls for a few scattered showers. not a big deal. when i come back, we're going to timeline in detail the bay area weekend. just know tomorrow is going to be another great day. just give the kids a jacket when they head out the door because it is going to be chilly in the early morning hours. i will see you back here after the break. still ahead tonight, a college baseball player gunned down while playing pokemon go in san francisco. >> trying to reach his goal to become a d-1 baseball player. >> in 20 minutes, the voyage sill honoring his life tonight. also, a former member of the warriors is on the move. later in sports, jason appelbaum will tell us abuts a twist in the trade. why officials in santa cruz are calling out the department
[crying] ahhhhhhhhhh! the price you see is the price you pay, unlike cable. the discovery of a world war ii era grenade forced the evacuation of a recycling plant in san leandro this morning. this picture from the san leandro police department shows the grenade on a conveyor belt. officers immediately evacuated the business on aladdin avenue. the bomb squad determined that the grenade was harmless. the workers were allowed back in. officials in santa cruz say
they were deceived by homeland security agents who claimed a raid was not part of an immigration operation. 22 people were arrested or detained on february 13th in a joint operation with santa cruz police. 12 of them are alleged gang members facing criminal charges. but homeland security now says 10 of those people were targeted because of their immigration status. they have all been released pending hearings. the santa cruz police chief said the department was led to believe the raid only targeted gang members. a protest that began months ago over the dakota access pipeline ended today with a couple dozen protesters in handcuffs. 200 police officers moved in to arrest protesters who refused to leave their camp in cannonball, north dakota, arresting more than 30 of them. other protesters left peacefully obeying a deadline set by federal authorities. for months, activists and members of the standing rock sioux tribe have been camping out trying to prevent construction of the final
segment of the pain line which is on federal property but which runs through ancestorial grounds. >> i will be moving on to maybe another camp or something to help. >> the dakota access pipeline was stalled by former president obama who blocked construction of the final segment but president trump reversed that decision with an executive order shortly after take office. still to come here, a homeless man says he warned oakland police about a dangerous shooting suspect, but he says the police treated him like he was the suspect. in minutes, the action that man and his attorney is take. plus, congresswoman nancy pelosi speaks out in san francisco. what she said about president trump's new travel order which is expected to be rolled out soon.
now to today's stop stories. friends and colleagues are mourning the death of the alameda county sheriff deputy struck by an inmate transport bus early yesterday morning. the accident happened in the parking lot of the jail. another deputy a friend of his was driving the bus which was going about 15 miles per hour. it was still dark outside and the driver didn't see deputy
who just arrived at work. clean up underway at san jose after this week's disastrous flooding. city officials allowed 10 ,000 evacuees to return home. thousands of others are still under orders. the city does not have an estimate under how much damage has been done. bart's did you say has to recalculate how much the cars will weigh when full of passenger. credit ticks say the heavier than expected cars could put stress on the aging infrastructure. they are hoping to put 60 of the new cars into service by the end of the year. you're watching ktvu fox2 news at 7:30. president trump is expected to sign a new executive order on travel and immigration possibly as early as tomorrow. the new order will replace the one held up in the court.
that order is meant to reduce the threat of terrorist acts. in san francisco nancy pelosi said the president is making america less safe. we have more. >> like many lawmakers congress woman pelosi spent time with constituent while congress is out on break. this afternoon's round table discussion was focused in part on the travel ban that set off wide spread protest at the end of january. congress women pelosi has not yet seen the revised order but she said 3 million refugees have come to the u.s. after strict review and none of them has done harm. congress woman pelosi accuses the president of fear monday gerg. >> the president is afraid of children coming from latin america or syria who are refugees. he's not a grade to pay attribute