Page last updated at 10:37 GMT, Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Hundreds still without gas supply in north London

Residents gathered around an electric heater
About 200 engineers are working to restore supply

Several hundred homes in north London have been without gas supplies for more than a week.

Properties in East Barnet had their gas supplies cut off on 20 December when water leaked into gas pipes.

Many people have been forced to make do with fan heaters over the festive period.

National Grid said that the repair of the pipe was "going well," but it could still not say when all properties would have their gas restored.

'Ruined Christmas'

A National Grid spokesman said:"We continue to work with the council to resolve this as quickly as possible."

"We're very sorry for the inconvenience that this is causing and our engineers are doing everything they can to get it sorted as soon as possible."

"As people who have been away over the Christmas period return to their homes we expect to receive further reports of problems with gas supply which we will respond to as quickly as possible," he added.

A team of 200 engineers from around the country have been drafted into the area to tackle the problem, National Grid said.

Residents who have enquiries about the loss of gas supply should call 0845 605 6677

Karen Messer, from Doggetts Close, went without gas supply for more than a week, before it was switched on at 0700 on Monday.

"It should never have taken so long," she said. "Everything has been a struggle and it totally and utterly ruined our Christmas,"

"It was dire, miserable and frightening," she added. "No compensation will make up for it."

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