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Overnight gas line break in downtown Orinda

By Jonathan Morales
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at 9:14 am in Orinda.

Will be posted to CCT website soon:

ORINDA — A natural gas line break in downtown Orinda forced the evacuation of 14 residents for about 90 minutes late Wednesday night.

Firefighters responded to a report of a break in a six-inch natural gas line on Moraga Way between Camino Pablo and Brookwood Road about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to Moraga-Orinda Fire District Fire Marshal Mike Mentink. Fire, police and PG&E crews arrived on scene and secured the area.

The evacuation was lifted after crews discovered the leak was from a two-inch pipe and not as severe as initially reported, Mentink said.

No injuries or property damage were reported.

PG&E controlled the leak at 5:35 a.m. today and are working to repair the line, according to Mentink. There is no estimate for when the repair will be completed.

Moraga Way was closed between Camino Pablo and Brookwood until 7 a.m. today, affecting about 17 businesses, Mentink said.

Traffic is now moving freely but slowly along Moraga Way as PG&E repairs continue, said Orinda Assistant to the City Manager Monica Pacheco.

The city is currently repaving the road in the area of the gas leak, Mentink said, but officials are still investigating what caused the break.

“Thankfully the situation was not worse, and that it occurred during the night with most businesses closed and minimal impact to Orinda residents,” City Manager Janet Keeter said in a statement.

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