The Latest: Most California flood victims allowed home

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Posted: Feb 23, 2017 12:45 PM
The Latest: Most California flood victims allowed home

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the storms in California (all times local):

8:55 a.m.

San Jose city officials say more than 10,000 of the 14,000 residents evacuated two days ago because of floods are being allowed to go home.

About 3,800 people remain under the mandatory evacuation order prompted by a creek that overflowed following heavy rains and inundated neighborhoods with waist high water.

City spokesman David Vossbrink says the city is now focused on cleanup efforts and getting people back into their homes.

Residents returned home Thursday to sort through waterlogged furniture, toys and clothing after the creek water carrying engine fuel and sewage swamped their homes.

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7:05 a.m.

California authorities are expected to head to flooded ranches in San Jose to rescue 28 horses that have been standing in water for two days.

KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/2l3wvfi ) the horses have been trapped since Tuesday, when flooding prompted the evacuation of 14,000 San Jose residents.

Police and animal control crews have been waiting for flood waters to recede before going in to get the horses.

Some horse owners asked for animal control officers to airlift the horses out with helicopters. But officials said that would have required sedating the horses. Doing so could have posed a health risk to the horses because they are probably suffering from hypothermia.

Employees at the San Jose Animal Shelter say the number of dogs they are receiving daily has doubled to 40 since the evacuation.

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6:20 a.m.

California officials have closed two evacuation centers set up for residents of San Jose forced to leave their homes two days ago because of floods.

The centers were places where evacuated people could get food and water and rest. Two overnight shelters remain open and people there were trying to find out if they would be allowed to go home.

Officials say 14,000 were evacuated. No details were immediately provided by authorities on how many people would be allowed to return home Thursday.

Water levels were receding from the Coyote Creek that overflowed and flooded parts of the city.

The National Weather Service forecasts a storm forming for Saturday in the late afternoon or early evening that could affect the area again.

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1:35 a.m.

Some residents returned home to sort through waterlogged furniture, toys and clothing after being abruptly evacuated when a surging creek carrying engine fuel and sewage water inundated thousands of homes in San Jose.

With water levels from Coyote Creek receding late Wednesday, officials said some of the 14,000 evacuated residents would be allowed to return home, although an evacuation order remained for parts of the city. Authorities warned residents to be careful about hygiene and handling food that may have come into contact with flood water.

Residents in knee-high rubber boots waddled through inundated streets to get to their homes, passing by cars submerged in muddy water.

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This story corrects the last name of the San Jose city spokesman to Vossbrink, not Vossbrook.