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Aftershocks rattled buildings and people's nerves Tuesday as the Napa Valley region registered more seismic shifts.
Some businesses were closed and ringed with yellow caution tape or fencing. Others were open Tuesday night, as tourists strolled by and stopped to snap pictures of crumbling buildings and other quake damage.
Officials say Napa's emergency 911 call center downtown nearly failed Sunday when the backup generator went out after the earthquake. Repairs continued Tuesday.
Growing piles of debris downtown showed the quake's damage on the personal side, as people left damaged parts of their homes and prized possessions.
At the American Red Cross shelter at 2590 First Street in Napa, volunteers handed out food, water, cleaning supplies and bags of free toiletries.
Mahini Nia-Showers of Vallejo sat outside with her twin sister Fahara Nia-Showers. Fahara's 2-year-old daughter played nearby.
"I went from having a place to live, to now, I feel like I'm homeless," she told KTVU, "Most of our family is in Texas and we have some family out here, but it's just been an emotional two days."
That emotion came spilling out in tears.
The twin sisters say the quake damaged their Vallejo apartment, sending a large crack through the living room wall. The damage was so bad their home was red-tagged Tuesday and minutes later they say they were evicted by their landlord.
Mahini told KTVU she works as a preschool teacher at Pixar for their employees.
Her sister says she's a temporary worker at Sutter Health.
They were told to drive to the Napa Red Cross shelter after the Vallejo shelter closed.
. Now we're worried about where we're going to live. I feel very stressed out," said Fahara Nia-Showers.
Tim Miller of the American Red Cross said his agency had assisted nearly 400 people as of Tuesday evening.
Miller met with Congressman Mike Thompson of Napa toured the shelter offering handshakes and hope
Congressman Mike Thompson said assessing the damage and assigning a dollar figure will take a few days.
"Federal folks and state folks are on the ground in Vallejo to do an assessment and Thursday they'll be here in Napa to do another assessment," Thompson said.
Napa city officials say 120 water main breaks have been reported. By evening, 640 customers were still without water.
Glenn Mattila says he's one of them.
"I've got garbage cans in the back of the truck filling them up with water so we can fill the toilets," he said.
Tanya Romano of Napa stopped by the shelter to pick up food and buckets.
"We're still cleaning up glass and the water was off til last night, It didn't come back on til one o'clock this morning," Romano said.
More houses were red-tagged Tuesday, as inspectors desclared them sstructurally unsafe.
Transporation was also affected. The main artery to and from Napa, the George Butler Bridge, had lane closures so crews could repair cracks discovered early Tuesday.
"This is really the biggest artery in and out of the Napa Valley," said Napa Police Lt. Pat Manzer. "The big thing now is to get it repaired."
Meanwhile, the City of Vallejo requested that the Red Cross open a second shelter at the Florence Douglas Center at 333 Almador in Vallejo. Both shelters will be open around the clock to help.Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:44:43 -0700
Work crews repaired a damaged track overnight allowing BART trains in the East Bay to return to a normal schedule in time for the Wednesday morning commute.
Around 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, a train taken out of service north of the Pleasant Hill station damaged the track and a third rail at an interlocking disabling service in both directions, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.
A part of the wheel called a flange came off the involved train next to the track and trains were forced to turn around at the Walnut Creek station.
The malfunction tossed the commute between Walnut Creek and Concord, Pittsburg and Bay Point into a state of chaos. Many commuters like Robin Tactitt were caught completely by surprise.
“My phone is dead, I have no cash on me,” she said as she scrambled to find a way home. “I’m very mad right now.”
Around 6 p.m., limited trains began running east between the Walnut Creek and Concord but trains did not run in the westbound direction until early Wednesday, according to Trost.
The County Connection provided eight buses taking passengers between the Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill and Concord stations but the bus bridge was canceled late Tuesday night.Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:59:36 -0700
Northbound Interstate Highway 280 in San Francisco will be closed over the Labor Day weekend as replacement hinges are installed along the highway to strengthen the overpass in the event of more seismic activity, according to a Caltrans spokesman.
The stretch of northbound I-280, from the U.S. Highway 101/I-280 interchange to San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, will be fully closed over the weekend while two large sections of the roadway are removed and then replaced with reinforced sections, according to Caltrans spokesman Steven Williams.
The closure of northbound I-280 will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday and continue until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2. All northbound I-280 traffic will be detoured onto Highway 101, Williams said.
The two pieces of roadway that will be removed are each about 24 feet wide, 48 feet long and 5 feet thick, according to the Caltrans spokesman.
Williams said the hinges on I-280 were designed in the 1960s and, based on an inspection conducted seven years ago, were determined to be in need of replacement.
According to Caltrans engineer Andrew Yan, the new hinges are designed to withstand earthquakes by allowing more room for the highway to sway horizontally should a temblor occur.
The new hinges create a space between the sections of the highway in which the road can sway horizontally, reducing the likelihood of the roadway collapsing if the sections shift during an earthquake.
Yan said specifically-engineered padding will also be placed inside the overpass to act as shock absorbers. The padding will protect the sections of concrete roadway, should they smash together in a high-magnitude earthquake.
Starting Thursday, Caltrans will replace the hinge on the first section, running above the Dogpatch neighborhood, and then move south towards Highway 101, where the second section will be removed and the hinge replaced, according to Caltrans.
Williams said the closure of northbound I-280 has been a long time coming and was not spurred by the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that damaged roads and buildings in Napa and Solano counties early Sunday morning.
Over the weekend, motorists can call 511 or check with 511.org for more information about the closure. Motorists are advised to use public transportation such as BART, Caltrain, MUNI, and SamTrans to avoid heavy traffic in the area caused by the detour.Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:38:56 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories