A major street in Piedmont has been closed indefinitely because a
mudslide brought a tree down onto a power line and caused it to smolder,
The smoldering power line on busy Moraga Avenue at Maxwelton Road
was reported shortly after 11 a.m. and the Piedmont Fire Department was
called to the scene, according to Piedmont police.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District responded to reports of a
mudslide in the area but found that it was not related to water or sewer
lines and could be connected to private irrigation, East Bay MUD officials
Fire officials contacted PG&E crews to fix the smoldering power
line, according to police.
No one has been injured and no houses are threatened, police said.
A police spokesman said it's not known when the problem will be
fixed and Moraga Avenue will be reopened.
PG&E officials weren't immediately available for comment.
Moraga Avenue is a major thoroughfare because it connects downtown
Piedmont with state Highway 13 and Oakland's Montclair district.