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Repairs Continue On Austin Commons Gas Leak
After ten days without heat, the wait is over for Keith Wiley, a resident at the Austin Commons apartment complex.
"Yesterday, finally," said Wiley.
But for dozens of others, the wait continues.
"It's a mess, man, it's a burden,” said Michael Lewis. “It's really cramping my style."
Management asked us not to shoot on their property but did tell us as of Wednesday morning, they have seven residential buildings left to fix, still moving at about four to five per day, meaning they should be done by Friday.
The manager called it “record time” and said similar leaks have taken two months to fix. The manager told us they’re looking to find every leak they can. He said a couple of days after the gas was shut off Dec. 1, Texas Gas Service came out to help find the leak but accidently punctured other places on the line.
He said the main line’s been holding pressure for two days. Now workers are going inside the buildings and attic spaces, which are difficult to access, checking for leaks, before the city inspects each building.
Still, many residents tell us they feel out of the loop, saying the last memo was Sunday.
Management says they put out a memo Monday and planned to put one up Wednesday morning. The manager says he sympathizes with residents but says they’re going as fast as they can.
Texas Gas Service officials say they did not create a puncture at any time at the complex. A spokesperson tells us they got an odor call Dec. 1, established there was an odor and leak on the system, turned it off the same day. They then went back out on the 6th to pressure the system back up, but the pressure test still wouldn't pass, so they were unable to reestablish service. They still maintain there was nothing they did either time to puncture the system. They were able to establish service on Dec. 7.
The spokesperson added Texas Gas Service has not done any repair work on the line.
By Adam Bennett