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Broken gas line: Ladera residents shelter in place

Original post made on Aug 1, 2012

Firefighters kept things safe in the area of Siesta Court in Ladera this afternoon while PG&E workers shut off gas from a ruptured line.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 6:33 PM


Posted by Sierra?, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Aug 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Try Google Earth to see if you can find a Sierra Court in Ladera. Don't trust the internet, since now we apparently have one.

Posted by Resident of Ladera, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Aug 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Curious... There is no "Sierra Court" in Ladera....

Posted by Ladera Cyclist, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Aug 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

It was on the corner of Siesta Court and Gabarda Way.

Posted by Laderan, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Aug 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm

A couple of weeks ago, the contractor on that project broke the water main. The whole disaster should be halted and condemned by the county. An earlier contractor cut away at the hillside to maximize the flat area, and dug away part of the uphill owner's land: destabilizing the hillside and, oh gosh oh gee, exposing utility pipes to risk.


Posted by, a resident of another community
on Aug 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Laderan - thank you for your post. I have friends in the neighborhood affected, so I'm interested in this story. Do you know if the lines you mention are the lines that leaked?

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm


I hate to tell you this but there is a service all contractors use (or are supposed to) that will supposedly identify the location of underground utilities. I have used it many times. Unfortunately, in my experience, it can be about as reliable as a couple of devineing rods. I had one job USA'd (underground services association) and the markings for the gas were off by TEN feet. Had we not been lucky enough to see the gas line while we were digging, we would have severed a gas line. AND IT WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN OUR FAULT. They encourage you to "USA before you dig" but they can be highly inaccurate in where they locate the buried pipes. So this may not have been the contractor's fault.