Porter Ranch gas leak: LA opens center to help residents return home

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The City of Los Angeles' Emergency Management Department is running a local assistance center for people affected by the Aliso Canyon gas leak. The assistance center has resources to help with the transition back home for thousands of families displaced by the gas leak, now that the leak has been sealed.

Emergency Management Department spokeswoman Kate Hutton said that services will range from insurance claims to mental health. Whether someone was relocated or not, the center is there to help adjust back to life after the gas leak, Hutton said.

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“We really encourage people to walk through the entire center, because there might be services we have available that they don’t know they need, that we can provide,” Hutton said.

According to a press release from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's office, there will be information on possible refunds due to disruption of city services, updates from the L.A. County assessor for changes of residency during the gas leak, disaster relief for businesses and mental health services.

Hutton also said the resources available are not just information booths, but a way to actually begin those processes is right there — like filing insurance claims. 

“We actually have people here with laptops ready to help,” Hutton said.

More than 20 city, county and state agencies will be represented at the center that will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. It's located at Mason Recreation Center

For more information about services, schools, local agencies and to view important documents about the leak, visit alisocanyon.lacity.org.

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