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'This happened in my city. I am responsible': San Jose mayor vows to fix alert issues in flooding

'This happened in my city. I am responsible': San Jose mayor vows to fix alert issues in flooding

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo assumed responsibility Friday for failing to properly notify thousands of residents who were forced to flee as floodwaters inundated their neighborhoods this week.

Days after widespread flooding in central San Jose triggered mandatory evacuations for 14,000 residents, Liccardo called for an end to “the bureaucratic finger-pointing.”

“This happened in my city,” the mayor said at a news conference. “I am responsible.”

After weeks of winter rain, the Coyote Creek – which runs through the heart of the city – swelled to record heights and created mass flooding Tuesday.

As neighborhoods were besieged by floodwaters, firefighters...

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