San Jose February Flooding Update

News and Important Information from The Salvation Army

February flooding in San Jose forced nearly 14,000 residents to evacuate their homes, some with only the clothing on their backs. Most evacuees have been able to return to their homes, but now the really hard work begins. Homes that were flooded must be cleansed and disinfected, carpeting replaced, furniture replaced, food replaced, cars replaced.

The Salvation Army has been hard at work providing help and hope to the survivors - initially providing lunches and dinners in the emergency evacuation shelters, along with clothing, shoes and new socks. Now in the after-flood recovery stage, the Army is serving all flood survivors who received a referral from the Red Cross. Once the survivors present their referral, Family Services helps identify their greatest needs, and gives survivors a voucher for use at The Salvation Army Thrift Stores, where they can obtain the things they need the most - clothing, cooking equipment, basic furniture.

If You Need Help

San Jose residents affected by the recent flooding can go to San Jose City Hall, to First Floor Counter #5. There they can get information on housing assistance and flood recovery information. San Jose City Hall is located at 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA, 95113.

The Salvation Army Family Services department can also help flood survivors. For more questions about how Family Services can help, please call (408) 282-1165.

Thank You

We are so grateful for the response of the community and all that have given of their time, resources and money to help individuals and families affected by the flooding. As of March 21, 2017, we had served 3,694 meals to flood survivors. 214 volunteers gave 444 hours of their precious time to help prepare and serve meals for people displaced from their homes. The best way to continue to support the efforts of The Salvation Army to do the most good, is through a financial contribution. 100% of the monies donated for the flood support will be spent on disaster relief operations.


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