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California town celebrates 'birthday' for year-old sinkhole

By
Daniel Uria
Residents of the town of Moraga in California held a birthday party for a sinkhole that formed in the area in March of 2016. 
 Screen capture/KPIX/AOL
Residents of the town of Moraga in California held a "birthday party" for a sinkhole that formed in the area in March of 2016. Screen capture/KPIX/AOL

March 14 (UPI) -- A town in California gathered to celebrate the "birthday" of a sinkhole that formed in the area almost a year ago.

Residents of Moraga ate cake near an orange barrier in front a chain-link fence, lined with balloons, streamers and a sign that bore the message "Happy 1st Birthday" surrounding the year-old sinkhole.

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The sinkhole formed on March 13, 2016 and although the town approved $3.3 million to fix it last May, repairs were delayed following complications with the federal aid funding approval process.

"The federal process is very lengthy and they do check to make sure all the T's are crossed and I's are dotted in order for us to proceed," Director of Public Works Edric Kwan told WTOL.

Public works said the city has nearly completed the paperwork required before the case is sent to Cal Trans for review and it is expected to be fixed sometime this summer.

"We are following the process and being very patient, but our patience is wearing thin. So we are hoping that when we get the applications completed, submitted, and submitted quickly, we'll be able to get work started right away," Kwan said.

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Meanwhile the sinkhole has left a portion of a main boulevard shutdown, costing local businesses to suffer and adding a more serious tone to the tongue-in-cheek celebration.

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