Childhood is a positive time for most people. We often hear people refer to their time spent as young children, typically during their prepubescent years, as the best times of their lives.
Most children don’t have to live through tough times that produce trauma, like striking car accidents, kidnappings, violence, or distribution of hard drugs and the characters associated with such activity.
Eight-year-old Cesar Gonzalez didn’t have to live through any of the above scenarios, but did, unfortunately, have to evacuate her home due to a major flood that struck San Jose just under a year ago.
Coyote Creek May Be Beautiful, But Its February, 2017 Flood Sure Wasn’t
Coyote Creek is accompanied by a lengthy trail common with runners and walkers of the San Jose area. It drains into the San Francisco Bay, known for business innovation, the Golden Gate Bridge, and infinitely-free thinking.
Despite its name, Coyote Creek is far from what most define as a “creek” – it runs 63.6 miles in length, and covers a whopping 320 square miles. Coyote Creek is also situated on the Anderson Reservoir, a large dam that flooded across February 20th and 21st, 2017.
The Flood Spelled D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R For Many Families
While nobody is happy about being faced with the possibility of floods, many are ecstatic to escape safely with their families.
Cesar Gonzalez, an elementary school student at a Rocketship Education facility in San Jose, lives near the Anderson Reservoir. Fortunately, her family – one of just 14,000 – was able to escape without physical injury.
It’s Said To Have Cost Over $100 Million
The City of San Jose didn’t warn its citizens ahead of time, leaving them scrambling to protect themselves. Many lost their modes of transportation, with an unfair portion finding themselves unable to attend work, citing an overarching lack of vehicle access.
Rocketship Education, its first location opening in the city just ten years ago, came to families’ rescue. All considered, $62,000 was distributed among families, an amount not including hot meals, living necessities, and clothes handed out by staff and faculty members to those in need.
That’s just one of many examples of Rocketeers helping Rocketeers.