San Jose residents clean up after a series of weekend storms

Cleanup form a series of Sunday storms was underway on Monday in the South Bay. In San Jose, the sound of chainsaws is the familiar sound of recovery.

"Trees been here. Never had any issues. And you know, it’s the worst nightmare," said homeowner Joe Amato.

Although it’s still technically Summer, Sunday’s mid-September soaker softened parched soil. The softened soil caused Amato's long-standing front yard tree to fall and land on his roof just as he was about to leave for the San Francisco 49ers game.  

"There was a loud shake. Ran outside, and holy smokes, the whole tree is laying on the house," said Amato.

Amato says luckily the tree did no damage to his room. 

"Thank God for this fence we put in maybe a year ago. It took the brunt of the fall. We were lucky," said Amato.

Officials with the San Jose Dept. of Transportation said so far, there are 13 incidents of falling trees or tree limbs associated with Sunday’s storm. The sites are spread from the east Foothills to downtown; Piedmont Hills in the east, to neighborhoods in West San Jose.

Officials say clogged storm drains have also been an issue, resulting in localized flooding on some streets.

"It did not catch us off guard, though it’s sooner than usual," said Colin Heyne, a dept. spokesman.

He said the city turned attention to sever weather prep back in July, in preparation for rainy season.

After the most recent bout of rain, Heyne said homeowners should inspect suspect trees on their property and elsewhere.

"If they haven’t had them pruned in several years, it’s probably time to get a professional out to take a look," Heyne said. "We recommend you contact a certified arborist and have them take a look and see if it’s time to prune."

San Jose city officials said if you see a potential problem, don’t wait, call the transportation department of 311.

Jesse Gary is a reporter based in the station's South Bay bureau. Follow him on Twitter @JesseKTVU and Instagram @jessegontv