Published Feb 10, 2017 at 12:37 PM | Updated at 12:42 PM PST on Feb 10, 2017
The Anderson Reservoir, the largest in Santa Clara County, is too full per government regulators, so the water district is unleashing much of storm water flowing into the reservoir, as officials said it is too unsafe to collect it. Otherwise, they fear, if a major earthquake were to strike while the water level is high, there is a chance the dam could fail.
A new $400 million seismic retrofit of the reservoir is at least three years away.
For now, instead of collecting and storing the water, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is releasing all incoming water into the nearby Coyote Creek, which then flows to the San Francisco Bay, and then the Pacific Ocean.