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NAPA (CBS SF) — Inspectors were still fanning across city streets in Napa Monday morning to check buildings for damage from Sunday morning’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake and a total of 49 have been declared too damaged to allow people inside, city officials announced Monday morning.

Napa community development director Rick Tooker said that 16 buildings had been red-tagged this morning in addition to the 33 that had already been red-tagged Sunday.

More than 100 buildings have been yellow-tagged, allowing residents and business owners to go inside for limited purposes, and that number is expected to rise as inspections continue.

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Among the red-tagged buildings is the Napa Senior Center, which is closed until further notice, city officials said. The city’s Community Services building and some other city facilities have been yellow-tagged.

Several streets throughout the city, including in the downtown area, remain closed as officials make the inspections to make sure that buildings in the area are not going to collapse.

The Napa Fire Department responded to more than 360 calls for service over the first 30 hours after the 3:20 a.m. quake, including 92 reporting possible gas leaks, 50 for power lines down or other power problems, and 50 fires, including a mobile home park north of the city where four mobile homes were destroyed and two others were damaged, Napa fire Chief Mike Randolph said.

There were also 80 calls for medical service and 208 patients were treated at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, with 17 being admitted into the hospital, mainly for orthopedic injuries. One person remained in critical condition this morning, City Manager Mike Parness said.

As of shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, only 10 PG&E customers remained without power, down from 70,000 in the hours immediately following the earthquake, Parness said. PG&E is still making inspections of damaged buildings for possible gas leaks.

“Very impressive progress has been made in terms of electric and gas,” Parness said. “PG&E has flooded the city with resources.”

There were about 90 leaks to water lines from the quake and crews working all night repaired eight, but much of the city remains without water and service is not expected to be fully restored until Wednesday or Thursday, Napa Public Works Director Jacques LaRochelle said.

The city has set up water stations for those without water service and drop boxes for earthquake debris.

City officials said many of the damaged buildings recently had seismic retrofit work and that officials will be examining infrastructure to see what improvements will need to be made for future earthquake readiness.

More information about the city’s earthquake response is available at www.cityofnapa.org.

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