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Victims Of San Jose Floods Demand Answers From City

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Rescue crews take out residents from a flooded neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in San Jose, Calif.

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

(AP) — Victims of floods that poured into San Jose last month want to know why the city didn't warn them before the floodwaters engulfed their homes.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that more than 100 flood victims crowded into City Hall on Thursday demanding to know why they weren't warned or evacuated before the flooding.

City officials on Thursday took responsibility for their failure to evacuate residents and said they'd take steps to make sure it doesn't happen again. Officials say the city's Emergency Operations Center was short-staffed when the flood occurred Feb. 21.

Officials say the city needs to improve early warning notifications so people can prepare in the future for disasters. On Thursday they unveiled a threat-level system that will warn residents of flood risks.

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