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Storm’s Rising Waters Keeps San Jose Rescuers Busy

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San Jose firefighters say they removed the driver from this car from Santa Clara Ave, near the Shark Tank. (SJFD)

San Jose firefighters say they removed the driver from this car from Santa Clara Ave, near the Shark Tank. (SJFD)

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) — Friday morning’s storm kept San Jose firefighters and police busy as people, who found themselves trapped in rising waters, needed to be rescued.

Fire crews were able to rescue a homeless man at Coyote Creek at about 5:30 a.m.—behind the San Jose Municipal Golf Course—who was stuck up to his waist is rising creek water.

San Jose Fire Captain Reggie Williams told KCBS that their urban search and rescue team was able to pull him to safety.

“The gentleman that we were able to pull out of the creek was suffering from some hypothermia and some fatigue from trying to hold on to some tree branches,” he said.

Meanwhile, two streets in the downtown area will be temporarily closed due to flooding, after three drivers were stranded after their vehicles became stuck in several feet of water near the Shark Tank.

All three drivers made it out unharmed.

“Probably for the next couple of hours this area is going to be closed off right here at Santa Clara and Cahill and Santa Clara and Stockton Avenue,” San Jose Police Sgt. Jermaine Thomas said.

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