Gas restored for majority affected by Moraga sinkhole

- Most of the 2,500 PG&E customers who lost gas service after a sinkhole led to a broken gas service line in Moraga on Sunday have had their service restored by this afternoon, according to the utility.
   
90 percent of customers in the area have had their service restored, PG&E spokesman Nick Stimmel reported at 3 p.m. today. The utility's employees have visited every customer and are planning second rounds at places where customers were unavailable, he added.

Around 200 of the utility's employees were dispatched to the town Monday to complete this work after a gas line was ruptured when a traffic signal pole fell into a sinkhole at about 5 p.m. Sunday.

"We are going to keep at least 100 of our gas service representatives in the area, until we have cut that number down even more," said PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles.

As of 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday there was 274 customers without gas service. 
   
The sinkhole was initially reported to police at about 2:30 p.m. that day at Rheem Boulevard and Center Street, adjacent to Moraga Road, Moraga acting police Chief Jon King said.
   
The town's engineers and construction crew have begun their investigation into the cause of the sinkhole today and are developing a plan to repair the damage that was done, Moraga police said this afternoon.
   
King initially said Rheem Boulevard at Center Street would remain closed during this work for at least three to four days. There was no estimate on the major Moraga thoroughfare's reopening provided in a more recent update.
   
The town is developing and refining a traffic plan to ease the impact on residents and businesses, police said.
   
Police said PG&E implemented a plan to restore gas and electric service to the many businesses located in close proximity to the sinkhole.
   
These affected buildings should now have power and are open for business, police said.
   
Residents or business owners who were not available during PG&E's initial outreach are asked to call the utility's customer service number at (800) 743-5000 to schedule service restoration, Stimmel said.

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