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Power Outage Detours Moraga Way Traffic in Orinda

Update: Crews working on downed line after midnight; BART trains experienced 10-minute delays; Orinda station was briefly darkened.

Updated, 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, details from the scene.

 A Wednesday evening power outage in Orinda, caused by a downed power line, lasted past midnight in Thanksgiving Thursday as officials detoured traffic from Moraga Way a half-mile south of downtown Orinda.

PG&E emergency crews had set up portable lights to work on the problem just south of Moraga Way and Orchard Road. The detour made use of Orchard and Brookside roads.

A PG&E update at 11:33 p.m. Tuesday stated that 21 customers remained without power. Power was out in the Glorietta area at midnight.

The outage led to delays for BART commuters Wednesday evening, according to PG&E and BART officials.

The power outage began at 5:41 p.m. and 1,500 customers were without power Wednesday evening, PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said.

The power outage briefly darkened the Orinda BART station, causing 10-minute delays on trains heading to and from Pittsburg/Bay Point, according to a BART dispatcher. BART had recovered from the delays by about 6:45 p.m.

You can track the power outage on a PG&E online map.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report

Chris F. November 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Very sad, All the restaurants in Theater Square closed and sent their employees home and then the power came back on. Lots of lost revenues on a night when nobody wants to cook!

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