Some residents of San Marcos View Estates going on 10th day without natural gas due to repairs
Community meeting held to discuss outage
Last Updated: 84 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Some residents in San Marcos are going on their 10th day without natural gas.
10News first brought you this story last week when residents at San Marcos View Estates called to say they couldn not shower, cook or even do their laundry because their gas has been shut off for repairs, and there seems to be no end in sight.
Residents are so upset they called a community meeting Thursday night at their clubhouse.
A map posted at the San Marcos View Estates Clubhouse entrance shows 70 homes that had their natural gas restored Thursday -- nine days after it was first shut off.
However, 122 homes still have no gas.
That means no hot showers, unless you don't mind taking one at the clubhouse.
"I'm tired. I don't want to come down here at night. Now I come down here and there's a room full of people I got to walk through looking like this," said resident Denise Dougherty.
"Embarrassing?" asked 10News reporter Preston Phillips.
"Oh yeah," replied Dougherty.
The gas outage also means no stove cooked meals, unless you're willing to rough it.
"We've got kids and you can't cook so we had to borrow a little two burner hot plate to try and cook on," said Dougherty.
ASAP Drain and Plumbing, the company in charge of the repairs, told 10News the gas should be back on to all residents by Friday -- Saturday at the latest.
Residents though are concerned it could be much longer than that.
"What we're being told is it's always somebody else's fault. They have money in reserve ... we can pay and have a lot of money to have an attorney on staff, but we can't pay the money to get this fixed and brought up to standards so that we can turn it over to SDG&E," said San Marcos View Estates Resident, Glen Vickers.
Vickers said the HOA, for years, has known about the potential for the neighborhood's decades old underground pipes to break.
He blames board members for letting the pipes get in this bad of shape.
"Nobody's said catastrophic failure yet, that I'm aware of, but that's what it's setting up for. You know, when you keep putting patches on top of patches rather than going in and replacing pipe that's 40 years old, you're going to have problems," said Vickers.
Late Thursday night, the HOA's attorney, Alex Maniscalco, emailed 10News a written statement that said:
"SMVE has an aging utility system, and aging utility systems have leaks and problems. In January of 2011, SMVE investigated handing over its utility system to SDG&E but we found the cost for construction unaffordable, and could find no possible lending sources.
Tonight the Association had a second emergency members' meeting to update the residents as to the progress and discuss resident concerns. As of today, one third of the park has their gas service restored, and our contractor is going door-to-door to light pilot lights for those homes. The contractor is working diligently to concurrently test the remaining two thirds of the park, section by section in order to determine where any remaining leaks are. As soon as our contractors are able to find the remaining leaks, they will be repaired as fast as possible, in order to restore the rest of the gas service to the remaining homes in the park.
The Association has provided alternate shower facilities with hot water, and provided electric hot plates to affected residents, thanks in part to discounts provided by local Target, Sears, and Bed Bath and Beyond stores.
SMVE is working with its primary licensed contractor to repair the system, and is relying on them to spearhead the repair process. For added assurance, SMVE has contacted an additional pipeline contractor to provide additional support, oversight, and manpower where necessary to expedite repairs and restore service as quickly as possible.
SMVE ultimately relied on SDG&E to provide reconnection once they deemed the serviceable portion of the system safe for use. SMVE also appreciates SDG&E's support with specialized leak detection teams, support, and guidance for SMVE's contractors. Additionally, SMVE thanks the City of San Marcos' inspection teams for their immediate responses to requests for inspection and sign off. SMVE hopes to continue re-energizing the system tomorrow and over the weekend."
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