City to open Sam & Bonnie Pannell Community Center to support storm evacuees

The City of Sacramento will open the Sam & Bonnie Pannell Community Center at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, to support people who had to evacuate their homes because of the recent storm.

The Pannell Community Center (2450 Meadowview Road) will be open through 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, for people to seek shelter. City staff will provide water, snacks, restrooms and a place for people to rest and charge their phones. Pets are also welcome.

“While there is no current evacuation in the City of Sacramento, this is a mutual aid support effort to provide a warm place where people who have evacuated their homes can seek refuge,” said Daniel Bowers, director of the City’s Office of Emergency Management. “You do not need to be a City of Sacramento resident to use the space. All residents in surrounding areas who have been affected by evacuations are welcome.”

Currently, the center is only expected to be open for one night. The City will reassess needs to continue operations based on usage and weather conditions, Bowers said.

City crews are continuing to clear debris after high winds on Saturday evening brought down trees and branches throughout Sacramento. Crews have been responding to calls for service, including downed or uprooted trees, fallen tree limbs and clearing debris from sidewalks, roadways and medians.

People are encouraged to call 3-1-1 to report storm-related issues. Power outages should be reported to the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District by calling 1-888-456-SMUD (7683). Call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.