Wet conditions statewide present a mortal risk to the homeless people living along the state’s waterways, who are displaced with wearying regularity
Shortie Mendoza has lived along a creek in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose for six years. Early on Wednesday, he was returning to his camp from a night of dumpster-diving and errands.
“I hear yelling and I’m like, ‘my God’,” he said. During the hours of darkness, the creek had overflowed, washing out the tent he shared with his girlfriend and tearing apart the community of perhaps 40 to 50 people. His girlfriend waded out in chest-high water with her two pitbulls. “I feel like I failed because I should’ve been here earlier” to help, Mendoza said.
They’re probably not going to drown, but they’ll freeze to death or get sick and pass away from that
Source: The Guardian: Homelessness