Gas service out for days at OC condo complex

LA HABRA, Calif.

Vincenza Salas has been heating water with her propane camping stove. She has two children and a third on the way.

"No hot water, no gas. In order to give them baths I have to warm up hot water in my propane, and it's been pretty hectic," said Salas.

Her father drives from Downey to bring warm food.

"I try to help her out as much as possible, to bring some food, everything I can help," said her father, Carlo Ciaramitaro.

Salas not is alone. City officials say 180 condos at Woodlake Village in La Habra have had to go without gas service since Saturday when a leak was first reported.

"It's been miserable, I can't take a shower here. I've got to go to the gym. No hot water, can't even boil water to make tea," said resident Ruben Garcia.

Many residents say what's even more frustrating is they can't get answers from their homeowners association run by Lordon Management. A notification was posted Sunday at the complex.

"That's just it: It says 'Until further notice,'" said resident Kelvyn Williams.

Lordon Management would not go on camera, but Thursday afternoon, five days after the problem started, an attorney for management posted a more detailed letter for residents.

It says the leak was repaired Sunday. But Monday the gas company tested and detected another leak. The agency then required the association to hire a leak-detection company, which found three leaks. Another company had to be hired to do the repairs, which began Thursday.

Attorney Pamela Moore, representing the condo management, said in a statement: "While not having hot water is an inconvenience, the gas leaks could have resulted in a catastrophic occurrence. This is the reason The Gas Company will not turn the gas back on until it is satisfied all repairs have been successfully completed and there are no leaks."

City officials say the repairs could be finished Friday -- or it could take until Monday before gas service is restored.

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