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Thursday, 03 August 2017 14:44

San Jose Flood Response: An 'A' in Aftermath, 'F' in Foresight

(TNS) - An independent analysis of San Jose’s (Calif.) response to the devastating Coyote Creek flood in February gives the city high marks in how it handled recovery efforts, but says an inadequate initial response indicates the city didn’t learn lessons from a similar flood two decades before.

The report — commissioned by the city and done by emergency management consultant Witt O’Brien — states that while “San Jose overall performed very well,” it “relied too heavily on flood projection data” from the water district and was “unnecessarily caught off guard, placing residents in a potentially dangerous situation.”

But Brad Gair of Witt O’Brien commended the city for taking responsibility for its early shortcomings and rapidly moving into recovery efforts. He praised the city’s assistance programs for “compassion, tenacity and ingenuity,” and for creating internal and external collaborations.