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Moraga Avenue Closed Due to Mudslide, Threatened Power Line

The road is closed indefinitely.

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, officials said.
 
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 said. 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.

—By Bay City News
sunny bostrom April 18, 2014 at 07:26 PM
This news provides more evidence that the Moraga Canyon area, once the site for the proposed soccer field that was considered two years ago is fragile and potentially dangerous. It should be abundantly clear with 2 Moraga Avenue mudslides requiring road closure within 2 years that this area is geologically volitile which I pointed out when I ran for City Council. A large, brand new house that I purchased at 5535 Moraga Avenue proceeded to slide down the hill 3 days before the close of escrow. Years ago a tiny girl was playing in her bedroom and was crushed by mud that slithered down the hill behind her house and broke through her window. Her name was Robin. There is a tiny park named after her in the Oakland Hills. I never forgot her. When I heard about the proposed soccer field, I remembered her and ran for office to publicize the danger. I am writing this now to reinforce the memory so that citizens can consider this information the next time there is a proposal to build anything in this volatile but innocent and enchanting area. Nancy "Sunny" Bostrom-Fleming, Piedmont, Ca
Sabrina Schultz April 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM
What's the update on this? Is the road open yet?

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