Summary: During the past few weeks of heavy rains, the water levels at one of Northern California’s largest reservoirs, Coyote Creek, have been rising. The creek runs through the heart of San Jose. Officials warned residents of the possibility that it could overflow. Last Tuesday, March 21st, the creek began overflowing in multiple areas. Hundreds of homes were flooded and 14,000 residents were forced to leave their homes. Most of them were not able to return right away due to the damages and instability in their homes. Many of the affected residents complained about not getting enough warning that a disaster like this could happen. Although city officials admitted that they were caught off guard by the severity of the situation, they promised to work hard to help the residents return to their homes.
Connection: This current event connects to the dust bowl of the 1930's in the US. Although the flooding in San Jose is not as severe as the dust storm period, both of these natural disasters affected the surrounding community and caused damage to various properties.
Questions: How would you feel/react if this happened where you lived?
How might this affect our local community?