MORE than 500 homes in Northwood are still without gas this morning (18) after a burst water pipe leaked into the mains supply.
A team of engineers were sent to repair the damaged gas main on yesterday afternoon and have been working throughout the night to pump excess water out.
The National Grid, which provides power and energy supplies across the country, confirmed engineers were still at the site but could not confirm when the gas supply would be restored.
A mobile incident room has been set up in Copse Wood Way and letters were issued to residents to inform them of the situation last night.
Every property affected will be visited to ensure the gas supply is turned off at the metre. A return visit will be made once the gas is back in the mains, to reinstate the supply and ensure it is flowing safely.
A spokesperson for the National Grid apologised for any inconvenience caused.
But many were angry about being left to 'freeze' in their houses without heating.
Pensioner Shirley Avenell, 73, of Jackets Lane, said: "My house gets cold very quickly and the gas company has sent someone round with a fan heater, but that is going to use up a lot of electricity and I'm really worried about the bills.
"I live with a friend, who is disabled, so it is all very inconvenient for both of us."
A spokesperson for Veolia Water Three Valleys, which is responsible for the water supply in Hillingdon, said: "Our engineers have repaired the burst water main and water has now been restored to the area.
"However, due to the disruption to the supply you may experience discoloured or aerated water. If this happens please run your cold kitchen tap for about five to 10 minutes until the water runs clear."
Anyone with questions about the loss of gas supply can call 0845 605 6677.
If you smell gas or have lost your gas supply, call the National Gas Emergency service on 0800 111 999.
Have you been left without gas? Contact Gazette reporter Siba Matti on 07788567259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org