Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously called on its sanitation bureau Wednesday to adjust the sewer-service and trash bills of residents who moved out of their homes due to the Porter Ranch gas leak.

“Over 3,600 families have been relocated during the Aliso Canyon gas leak and may not return to their homes for some time even after the leak has been capped,” Councilman Mitchell Englander said. “These are residents whose homes are vacant and are not utilizing the sewer, refuse collection and recycling services provided by the city.”

Residents will be available for credit if they have not been placing any of their trash or recycling containers out for service. Requests for bill credits can be made to LA Sanitation, which can be reached at (800) 773-2489, or by calling the 311 information line.

Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city’s Emergency Management Department will open an office in the Porter Ranch area after the state officially declares the leak stopped. The office will be aimed at ensuring residents who were displaced during the leak have access to needed city resources as they move back to their homes.

“Stopping the leak is only the first stage of recovery,” Garcetti said. “Thousands of lives were upended by this disaster — and the city of Los Angeles is here to help people return to their homes, start doing business again and get back to normal as quickly as possible.”

The center will offer residents such information as potential refunds for city services, updates from the county assessor about possible impacts on tax bills, disaster relief for businesses and access to mental health services.

The location and operating hours of the center will be announced after the state confirms the leak has been capped.

— Wire reports 

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