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City & County Leaders Address Gas Concerns
Local leaders in Asheville and Buncombe County are asking people to conserve fuel as the area deals with a temporary shortage of gas.
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina continues to delay the delivery of gas to pumps in Western North Carolina. Leaders are urging people not drive unless they have to until the supply gets back up and running. The city and county is also asking non-essential employees to take sick or comp time over the next few days to cut down on demand. Asheville City and Buncombe County School officials say buses and schools will run as scheduled.
Price At The Pumps
The disaster on the Gulf Coast leads to an uncertain situation at gas pumps here in the mountains.
As we reported, the hurricane affected two major suppliers of fuel in the Southeast and it is having a ripple effect.
Some stations in the mountains ran out of gas last night but many of those got new shipments this morning.
Along with some concerns about supply there are some price increases.
At some stations the cost of a gallon of regular went up 20 cents overnight.
Some stations have regular gasoline priced at or even over $3 a gallon.
Some stations are putting up signs restricting how much gas you can buy.
Mountain Fuel Shortage
Hurricane Katrina has knocked out power to many areas in the Gulf States and that's affecting the two major suppliers of fuel in the Southeast.
That means delays in fuel deliveries to stations here in Western North Carolina. Wednesday morning we found that some gas stations only had premium. And at least one station, is selling gas for more than $3 dollars a gallon. People are urged to cut back on unnecessary trips and to conserve gasoline as much as possible. If the gas problem continues for several days, cities, towns and counties may ask police and firefighters to stay overnight to be sure they can get to work.