VIDEO: Extreme flooding in San Jose

Posted at 3:35 PM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 18:35:02-05

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats carrying about 100 people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek Tuesday.

Fifteen-year-old Bobby Lee called the evacuation a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience. He was rescued with his brother and parents, who took clothes, electronics and photos from their home in the largely Latino and Vietnamese neighborhood.

Video courtesy KRON 

Throughout the neighborhood, vehicles were submerged in the water.

The rescues came after a series of heavy storms drenched already soggy Northern California.

San Jose spokesman David Vossbrink says firefighters were going door-to-door to alert residents because the city does not have sirens or another emergency warning system. He says anyone who is near the creek should be prepared to leave.