Harvey gas shortage comes to Erath County

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FLASH STAFF REPORT

STEPHENVILLE (August 31, 2017) – With Hurricane Harvey crashing into and then camping out along the Texas Gulf Coast, many of the refineries in both the Corpus Christi and Houston areas shut down as well as the shipping ports in anticipation of the storm.

Now, according to officials in Corpus Christi, all of the refineries in that area are operational again. However, many of the refineries in the Houston area are still dealing with major flooding and are not operational. Refineries in both Port Arthur and Bay Town are also not operational as of Thursday morning.

With the storm system moved out of the area, most shipping ports are open and the refineries in the Corpus Christi area are working hard to keep the gasoline shortage to a minimum.

That being said, Stephenville and the surrounding areas are already feeling the effects as Murphy’s (Wal-Mart) and HEB are both dealing with no, or very little, gasoline. Murphy’s has been out for a few days, and HEB in Stephenville had very little gasoline and a very long line at 9:15 a.m. Gas prices at nearly every other gas station in the area have increased dramatically, from $2.19 to $2.39 in places.

Officials with GasBuddy, a fuel tracking website, said the further south in Texas a driver goes, the less gasoline they will be able to find for a while. They recommend using this link to check the availability of gas in your area (GasTracker).


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