Washington: Several gurudwaras in Sacramento, California’s capital city, have come forward to offer meals and shelter to the evacuees of Yuba City, which consists of a sizable number of Indian-Americans, following fears of Oroville Dam collapsing.
Some 188,000 residents, including around 20,000 Indian-Americans, in the River Valley below the Lake Oroville Dam, about 104 km north of Sacramento, were ordered to move away from their homes on February 12 when one of two damaged spillways appeared in danger of imminent collapse from severe erosion, American Bazaar online reported on February 13.
Yuba City has an estimated population of 13 percent Punjabi-Americans and evacuation was ordered for parts of Yuba County, including Hallwood, Marysville, Olivehurst, Linda and Plumas Lake.
Yuba County Office of Emergency Services posted an evacuation order on Facebook: “Yes, an evacuation has been ordered. All Yuba County on the valley floor. The auxiliary spillway is close to failing. Please travel safely. Contact family and friends. Help the elderly. Take only routes to the east, south, or west. Do not travel north toward Oroville!!!!!”
Operators of the dam prepared on February 13 to shore up a crumbling emergency spillway with bags of rock while bleeding off excess water from the rain-swollen Oroville Lake to ease the threat of inundating the northern California communities under evacuation orders downstream.
Several hours later, the situation appeared less dire as water levels subsided behind the dam, which ranks as the tallest in the US, and the weakened unpaved hillside spillway beside it remained largely intact.
Sikh temples in Sacramento offering Food & Shelter. They are open for all people evacuated from Yuba City #OrovilleDam #OrovilleSpillway,” tweeted social activist Harjinder S. Kukreja.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg tweeted that people could take shelter in gurudwaras situated around the area and there are arrangements for meals too.