City will reimburse residents who lost gas services

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water leak causes gas shut offThe City of Long Beach is offering each residence affected by the gas line in North Long Beach that was shut off for safety reasons a housing reimbursement of up to $75 per night, per household, for each night they are affected.  In addition, the City is offering each household a meal reimbursement of up to $6 per person, per meal each day to the point gas service is restored.

On Wednesday, March 3, the Long Beach Gas & Oil Department confirmed that water was leaking from a gas service line.  For the safety of Long Beach residents, gas service was shut off at approximately 1:00 pm, impacting an estimated 222 customers.

The situation is isolated to the area bounded by Cherry Avenue (west), Raymond Avenue (east), 65th Street (north) and 63rd Street (south).   Crews from LBGO and the Long Beach Water Department have identified the source of the water and are working diligently to resolve the problem and restore service. Gas service could remain shut off for the next few days.

Receipts must be provided for reimbursement and submitted to Long Beach Gas and Oil at 2400 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90806 for processing by Friday, March 12, 2010.

City crews are going door-to-door to each residence informing them of this program.

Affected customers can call 562.570.2140 (24-hour emergency phone number) for updates on restoration of service.

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