Washington, Feb 14, 2017: Following the apprehensions of Oroville Dam collapsing, Gurudwaras in California are providing shelter to thousand of evacuees in Yuba City, which is home to the humongous chunk of Indian Americans.
While escaping potential flooding along the Highway 70 corridor south of Oroville, Security guards, teachers, farmers and other members of the Central Valley’s massive Sikh community took shelter into the two-storey Gurdwara Sahib Sikh temple in West Sacramento on late Sunday.
“More than 200 evacuees received toiletries, bedding and tasty vegetarian meals served by the temple’s staff of 19, who worked through the night to house everybody”, temple manager Ranjeet Singh was quoted a saying by the Sacramento Bee.
Oroville Dam is the tallest in US and it is dreaded due to its overflow that has been dampened by heavy rainfall. It’s predicted to collapse.
“People were still arriving after being stuck in traffic for seven hours,” Singh stated, adding that “We have a big facility here. We can accommodate 300 to 400. If anybody needs help, we can provide it. Everybody’s welcome here.”
“Sikh Temples in Sacramento region are open for people evacuated around #OrovilleDam. Am told they have food ready & all in need are welcome,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg tweeted.
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It is believed that the West Sacramento temple complex is the largest evacuation shelter in Sacramento and it has accommodated 200,000 people, who have fled the zone situated below Oroville Dam. The Sacramento Sikh Temple in Rio Linda reported accommodating 50 to 60 families which have fled the flood zone.
“We have all races black, white, Asian and Hispanic.
There is no tobacco or alcohol, and all our meals are vegetarian,” stated spokesman Darshan Singh Mundy.
Most of the people camping in the Gurudwara, originally belong to Punjab.
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“The Yuba City-Marysville area is home to more than 40,000 Sikhs”, Mundy stated, “while the greater Sacramento region has roughly 70,000.”
Residents in the River Valley below the Lake Oroville Dam were ordered to evacuate from their homes on Sunday when one of the two damaged spillways emerged in danger of imminent collapse post severe erosion.
– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar of NewsGram. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse