SAN JOSE -- Residents of a north San Jose mobile home park who had no gas service for nine days will have full service restored after crews discovered and repaired several leaks Thursday evening.

The leaks were first reported Sept. 18, leaving dozens of residents unable to take hot showers, cook meals or dry clothes.

Before the leaks were discovered late Thursday by Pacific Gas & Electric, resident Michael Pryce said, "We can't shower. We have to heat up water in the microwave and take a spit bath in the sink. My wife isn't happy to say the least. She can't go into her office looking like a hag."

Pryce lives at the 168-space Oak Crest Estates on North First Street that Pryce estimates is home to 350 people.


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The California Public Utilities Commission said it's unusual for any community to be without natural gas service for more than a week and is investigating a complaint from Oak Crest Estates' management against PG&E.

PG&E found four small leaks and a larger one Thursday, and the leaks were then repaired.

The company that manages the complex, Irvine-based Investment Property Group, had earlier hired Jarsco Gas Utility Contractors to find and repair the leaks emanating somewhere from its system of more than two miles of gas pipes, which are buried six feet underground.

Contact Dan Nakaso at 408-271-3648. Follow him at Twitter.com/dannakaso.