Wednesday, March 1, 2017

San Jose residents evacuate homes after "once-in-a-100-year flood event"

Linkhttps://newsela.com/articles/historic-floods-San-Jose/id/27337/

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?

25 comments:

  1. I would feel devastated if this happened where i lived. This might affect our local community by causing a lot of destruction and people in need of help to recover from the wreckage.

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  2. i would be not happy because my home is gone and id have to move away. this affects the community because all the people have to go somewhere else

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  3. This is sad because it would really suck if i had to move from everything i have due to a flood that would occur once in a lifetime.

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  4. I would feel sad but its just a building. Yes it is my home and where i am comfortable, but it would be worse if an actual person was affected. I doubt that it could reach us but if it were to then the people living in this area would have to evacuate as well.

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  5. I would be upset because that is the place I lived in. This would affect the community by possibly making people waste more money for a temporary place to be settled in.

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  8. I think I would be really upset and traumatized by this event because it never really happens in our area. It is something that everyone is scared of because it ruins our area and community. I think this would affect our community greatly because there are many things that need to be repaired or replaced that takes time and money.

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  9. Such an occurrence would be horrible. Families there must be distraught and run down. If this were to happen in San Mateo it would destroy houses and schools all over. I wonder if this heavy weather is due to climate change.

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  10. If this happened where I lived I would be devastated. All my friends and loved ones live in my home, and if their houses got destroyed then we would all be under tremendous stress which I wouldn't want anyone to experience. This might effect our community, such as getting to work, going to school, or even keeping our possessions safe as flooding can get in the house and or wash our cars away.

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    1. Similarly, I would be pretty upset because a flood like this could do tremendous damage. Also since disasters like this don't occur often, I think it would really impact our community's functionality.

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  11. I would be very unhappy if this happened in the area i lived in. San Mateo is a very expensive place to live in. This would destroy houses and schools that taxes pay for.

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  12. I would be devastated if this happened in San Mateo. Apart from the fact that these type of disasters don't happen very often, several houses and other establishments will be destroyed, and that is going to hurt the economy, and most of all, the people who benefit from it.

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  13. I would feel devastated if this happened because my home would be gone. This would make the local community pay a lot of money to pay for the destruction of their homes and businesses

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  14. I believe that since San Jose is close to where we are currently situated, if what we saw here was exaggerated by a large amount could cause a lot of devastation throughout the community. If it happened here, many buildings would be destroyed and so would millions of dollars would have to go in to fill in the damage from the flooding as well as the fatalities that comes in with the flooding.

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  16. If this happened where I lived then I'd probably be paranoid of this occurring again. This might affect our community because we will probably be trained and more prepared for a situation like this.

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  17. I would be surprised that it would happen because this usually never happens in the bay. This might affect the local communities by having people overcrowd a place and have people spend lots of money.

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  18. i would be devastated if everything i owned got destroyed by water. i would also be kind of surprised because i never knew it rained here THAT much.

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  19. If this happened where I lived, I think it would be very hard to recover from. The whole community would have to come together to help one another in salvaging what can be.

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  20. I would feel morose because I would lose almost everything that I got. If it happens in San Jose it would damage many people's houses and many people wouldn't be able to go to work. It might take sometime for them to recover.

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  21. i would feel very scared, wandering what i would do next. my family doesn't have a lot of money so there is no where to go. i wouldn't know what to do. i would have to move back to Texas because my mom would have money to pay for me.

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  22. I would be absolute distraught if my home got destroyed and I think how it would effect the community that some people might go homeless, My grandma lives in san Jose but, I'm lucky that this didn't happen to her house

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  23. I would be very sad if my home were to be destroyed. I would also have a feeling like I have no privacy because of what just happened. The last thing I would want is for my family to have to go live with our family. I would also have to move and I want to live in this area and in future raise my kids and live with my family here.

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  24. I would be devastated if my home were to be destroyed. With all my belonging missing I wouldn't know what to do. Plus the fear of not knowing where to go, because of my family leaving everything back in Chicago to chase a job out here. If we lost our house we'd have nothing.

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