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Condo residents start to return following storm damage

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Condo residents start to return following storm damage

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Jul 21, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- 48 hours later, decades-old pine trees are uprooted, gas lines are destroyed and parked cars are totaled. 

Dozens of Atrium Gardens Condos residents must learn to accept their new normal.

Some homeowners returned to find their ceilings damaged from rain.

Jason Leitch was able to return Sunday. He has water, power, but no gas, and his car lost a windshield. He said fortunately a neighbor's car took the brunt of the damage. His windshield was shattered, and tail lights broken; just minor damage, "We got really, really lucky."

According to a resident, the homeowner's association said they can only cover damage in common areas, not in parking lots, which is bad news for car owners, especially if they only have liability insurance. 

For those back in their homes, Fire & Rescue said to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, don't use candles, outdoor grills and generators.   

But Javier Moreno's parents are still homeless. He was on the phone with the power company all afternoon looking for answers, "NV Energy says they've done everything on their part but what's holding everything up now is the City Inspector's have to come out and make sure everything is up to code and done the way it should have been done."

Southwest Gas said they can't repair the gas lines until all the debris is removed. Now it's all a waiting game for the residents. 

There is a meeting scheduled for Monday morning with the homeowner's association to discuss questions still unanswered. 

It will take place at the Desert Pines High School where the Red Cross set up a shelter for displaced residents.