ABOUT 150 homes in Wokingham are still without gas today (Saturday) after water got into the main system yesterday. An emergency centre set up at a local school has been handing out portable heaters and hot plates.

Southern Gas Networks (SGN) blamed a damaged water main on the problem, saying it had to turn off the gas supply to properties in the Norreys Avenue area on Friday afternoon for safety reasons. The main was repaired on Friday evening and engineers are working to restore the gas supply to homes.

The company opened an emergency centre at All Saints' School, Norreys Avenue, with portable electrical appliances available for those elderly, disabled, chronically sick or have young children or other special needs, we have portable electric appliances available for cooking and heating.

These can be obtained by visiting the school by calling 0845 070 1431 or contacting SGN staff on site.

The area affected covers Barrett Crescent, Pattenash Drive, Herons Way, Long's Way, Norreys Avenue, Mylne Square and Hughes Road.

Have you been affected - did you have a cold, sleepless night? Please add your comments below. For security reasons, SGN advises residents to always ask to see the identification card of anyone calling at your home. All its engineers carry a laminated identity card bearing the name of Southern Gas Networks. If you are in any doubt, refuse entry and seek assistance from a neighbour or relative or call the telephone number on the identification card.

If you have any concerns about gas safety, call the National Gas Emergency Number on 0800 111 999.