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Hundreds of people left without gas for weeks; forced to shower in a trailer

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The News4 I-Team is getting answers after hundreds of frustrated residents have been without hot water for weeks and our questions prompted Nashville officials to investigate if city codes were broken.

Parked next to the pool in the front of the complex, a trailer is what people use to shower.

“I think it's quite disturbing,” said Andrea Skalleberg, who owns a condo in Georgetown Condominiums in Green Hills.

There are eight showers total, four for men and four for women.

“It looks like a gas station bathroom with a shower,” Skalleberg said.

Skalleberg doesn’t live in Nashville. Her sister lives in the condo with her two children.

“I’m very worried about the whole situation,” she said.

News4 Investigative Reporter Lindsay Bramson wanted to show people just how far some people have to walk to take a shower. If you live in the back of the complex you have to walk all the way up front to where the trailer is near the pool. “Can you imagine doing that first thing in the morning,” Bramson said?

Gas was shut off to the entire complex back on June 5 after a gas leak. More than five weeks later people still don’t have gas.

So what's the hold up? Why didn't the company just fix it?

Bramson asked an official with Piedmont Gas.

“We've given Georgetown a plan and an estimate to make the repairs and we're waiting on them to make decision,” said Piedmont spokesman Juan Williams.

The News4 I-Team found out Georgetown board members decided to switch to electric to save money.

In this email sent to everyone who lives there, owners are expected to shell out more than $3,800 of their own money for the upgrades.

“My sister doesn't have that kind of money and I’m not going to be able to get it to her that quickly,” Skalleberg said.

Westwood Management oversees the property. They wouldn't agree to an interview.

In an email to the News4 I-Team the property manager said, "Management got portable showers on site less than a day later of the gas being shut down. Piedmont gave us a timeline of six months to repair the gas line, so this was our only option."

The upgrades will give residents hot water, heat and allow them to cook again.

Nashville Electric Service will be doing the work and it’s expected to take 12 weeks to complete.

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