Heavy rains last week caused California’s Lake Oroville to overflow which prompted authorities to issue a mandatory evacuation order. 188,000 residents of nearby residents were affected and many had nowhere to go. Members of the Sikh Community in Northern California opened up their hearts and their gurudwaras to those who were in need of a place to stay. They offered food, shelter, medical aid and beds for those in need.
“We announced that if anybody needs help, medical help, or anything we are open,” Ranjeet Singh, the manager of the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh temple in West Sacramento, California told CNN. He added that his gurudwara can shelter around 400 people. Dozens of people including African-Americans, Hispanics, Caucasians and the Sikh Community were at the temple on Tuesday.
Congressman John Garamendi shared details of gurudwaras willing to take in evacuees.
The Sikh community is known for their generosity and offers daily langars (free meals) to all visitors irrespective of caste or faith outside large gurudwaras.
Authorities have lifted the evacuation order after water levels near the reservoir dam subsided. However, those with special needs require extended time to evacuate should consider remaining evacuated advised authorities in light of the expected storms forecast later in the week. The gurudwaras said they are willing to let people stay longer.