Lots of candlelight dining in Moraga and parts of Orinda Thursday after a power transformer near the Moraga Library said: “I’m done” and turned out the lights for thousands of residents at 8:12 p.m.
A very nice presentation on the Caldecott Tunnel given by a couple of local authors at the library’s history room was cut short after the transformer outside began to hum “very loudly” and then failed completely, attendees said. The ground below the transformer briefly caught fire, according to first responders on the scene.
Power was restored to most areas by 10 p.m. but a few blacked out neighborhoods soldiered on into the night with flashlights or candles.
Saint Mary’s Road and Rheem Boulevard were both shut down as firefighters and PG&E crews fought the small grass fire and worked to get the grid back online.
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Thank you for all your information and words of encouragement.