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Broken gas line forces Rancho Penasquitos complex to really rough it

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The summer weather is heating up, but people who live in a Rancho Penasuitos apartment complex are out in the cold. They've gone without natural gas service since last Tuesday and can't take hot showers or cook hot meals.

The past week and a half has been just a blur to Christy Taylor. She's one of about 1,000 tenants living in the Canyon Rim Apartments in Rancho Penasquitos.

"We're just trying to make ends meet," Christy said.

For the past 10 days, the tenants have been without natural gas. That means no hot shower, no drying clothes and no stovetop cooking.

"I have got an active 10- and 12-year-old, like Little League players, active kids. They can't live off of microwave mush," Christy said.

The residents at the 504-home complex are faced with having to adapt, like showering in portable units. Management has even struck an agreement with the local YMCA. But it's not easy for residents like an 84-year-old who is bedridden, or the little children and newborns living on the property.

"You can't bathe a newborn baby in cold water," Christy said.

On June 21 a gas leak was detected outside the complex. SDG&E found the leak and repaired it. But on Saturday, the city ran a test of the entire gas line that failed, indicating a second leak. Now new lines are being installed, and that project could take months.

"They are going to be replacing everything around here," Christy said.

Management has provided means to the basic necessities.

"They just brought in the grill so we can barbeque," Christy said.

Large propane tanks will also be connected to the buildings within the next two weeks.

"Corporate is doing their part now, but I think they came aboard a little bit too late because we are wiped. We've already coped through the worst of it and there's such a long road ahead," Christy said.




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