SAN JOSE (KGO) --San Jose says a small number of people evacuated due to flooding may be able to return home Wednesday night.
This after mandatory evacuations were issued along Coyote Creek. The Emergency Operations Center says 36,000 people in San Jose are in the recommended area for evacuations and 14,000 are in the mandatory evacuation area.
The new order went out just after midnight in the area along Coyote Creek in the Coyote Creek 100 year Flood Zone, running from north I-280 to south Hwy 101.
RESOURCES: San Jose flood evacuation centers and help info
There are 400 people who have been rescued by boat, 250 of those rescues occurred Tuesday and 96 more were rescued Tuesday night.
All lanes of Highway 101 in San Jose have reopened between I-880 and the I-280/I-680 split after being closed for flooding.
Tuesday night, evacuations were ordered for the entire area along Coyote Creek north of Interstate 280 and South of 237. They expanded the mandatory evacuation order to nearly all residents East of Coyote Creek and West of Highway 101, except for the Bonita neighborhood late Tuesday night.
Click here to see a map of emergencies in the area.
San Jose firefighters rescued more than 200 residents by boat in flood waters in the Rockspring neighborhood at Senter and Phelan. Water rescue teams used boats and other vehicles to go door-to-door and pull residents to safety.
"We woke up at 1:30 in the morning, cops knocked on the door of our apartment. My wife got the dog out of there and I parked in the parking lot. Yeah I slept in the car," said Santos Aguilar, an evacuated resident.
But not all residents decided to take the help offered by rescuers.
"I have an 87-year-old mother-in-law and there was a lifeboat, but I said it was safer here rather than bringing her out," said Bobby Rasvrullo, who also lives in the flood zone.
Some residents who did evacuate, came back to their homes Wednesday morning to assess the damage.
"I'm curious to see what it looks like but it's pretty low down there. I am sure it is," said Jason Pennington, who lives on 21st St. at San Antonio, in the evacuation zone.
Anyone who has come into contact with the murky brown water is being decontaminated because of fears about overflowing sewage lines, oil and gas from vehicles trapped in the water or household chemicals that might have leaked into the flood waters.
PHOTOS: Residents rescued from at least 30 flooded homes in San Jose
No significant injuries have been reported so far.
Residents say the water was moving so quickly they had no time to prepare.
"I know we lost a lot of photos. I had a lot of my clothes down there from the winter that I like to store. I know I had a lot of shoes. I had all my baby's toys, all of his stuff down there," said Gabriela Martinez, a Rockspring resident
"Early morning around nine, I move the car. Yeah, pretty fast. 15 minutes, the water go up to here, earlier it's only like four inch, 15 minutes later about a foot deep," said Dui Nguyen, a San Jose resident.
VIDEO: Rescues underway in Nordale neighborhood, San Jose
"Run out try to get my wife and my kid out. They are up in that apartment. They're trying to get out," said Nguyen.
ABC7 cameras were rolling when Nguyen's wife and son were rescued by fire officials.
"There seems to have been a unique breach of some sort, and obviously that's something we're going to be sorting out in the days ahead. Our focus right now is on ensuring that these residents are safe," said Sam Liccardo, the Mayor of San Jose.
MORE: Resources from the Red Cross
Residents can take their pets to the San Jose Animal Shelter for safekeeping. The animal shelter is located at 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose.
To report downed trees and flooding, call 408-794-1900.
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