Porter Ranch Residents Will Have 7 Nights Instead of 48 Hours to Return Home, SoCal Gas Says

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A sign is pictured on Jan. 22, 2016, outside the Porter Ranch Community School, which was closed due to the gas leak. (Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Responding to complaints that customers would be rushed back to their homes after a gas leak in Aliso Canyon is repaired, Southern California Gas Co. said Monday it will give customers at least a week to return from their temporary housing.

Families living in hotels and motels will have seven nights to move home–up from the 48-hour limit Southern California Gas originally imposed.

Residents living in leased houses will be allowed to finish the term of the rental agreement. Everyone who was relocated will be provided with $500 to cover moving expenses.

The natural gas leak in a storage field above Porter Ranch has prompted the evacuation of at least 4,401 households in the northern part of the San Fernando Valley. The gas company said it might be able to stop the leak in the next two to three weeks.

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