After more than a week without hot water or working stoves, some North San Jose residents have been told their natural gas service should be restored by Friday afternoon.
"It's not fun," said resident Terri Amsler.
PG&E turned off the gas last Wednesday after detecting several leaks. For eight days and nine nights, those living in the 168-unit Oak Crest Estates Mobile Home Park off North 1st Street had to use their microwaves and barbecues to cook meals or eat out.
"It's been pretty hectic and difficult to maintain semblance of normal life," said Debra Pryce.
Pryce and her husband are longtime residents of the complex and understand the safety concerns, but question the response of both PG&E and the property's owner and management.
"I just don't understand why they don't have people working constantly to get this back in order," said Pryce.
Her husband Michael Pryce added, "We have them working during the day and that's it. And PG&E refuses to help until [Thursday] afternoon and they came in this afternoon with a sniffer."
PG&E says the mobile home park owns the equipment and is responsible for the repairs, adding i found several more leaks Thursday.
The utility says it was able to reconnect the gas service at 4:45 Thursday evening, but only after the property's contractor made necessary repairs.
A company hired to bring portable showers heated by propane drove up from the Gilroy area Thursday afternoon was instructed to turn right around without leaving the showers behind.
"They just said they no longer needed it," said Joe Espinola with Nor Cal Portable Services. "They got PG&E back on and they no longer wanted the showers. So we're getting turned around."
However gas service couldn't be fully restored to residents because management still has to reassemble more than 160 gas meters on the property which were intentionally dismantled during the repair and capped.
The property management announced to neighbors on a recorded message Thursday night that it will be reassembling the hardware early Friday morning.
The management will also be helping homeowners to re-light pilot lights Friday, but said the residents must be home for them to provide the service.
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