Propane shortage/price increase persists: more cold weather on the way
By Randa Wagner
01/30/14 - The reprieve from arctic temperatures the next few days is welcome - but temporary. More of late January weather will return, as the National Weather Service says a strong weather system will affect our area next Tuesday and Wednesday.
To add insult to injury, Morrow County Emergency Management Director Joe Edwards says residents are running out of propane, and vendors are telling him that they are not taking on any new customers, only servicing their current customers with limited deliveries.
“Most are delivering from 100 to 200 gallons at most a few are delivering up to 40% of capacity but that will probably change as the shortage tightens,” Edwards says. “Fike Energy, which serves only a few in Morrow County, is out of gas entirely and does not know when they will get another delivery. DT Petroleum’s tank in Morrow County is empty and their supply in Crawford County is dwindling with unknown resupply. Several of the other vendors are facing the same resupply issues and with weather conditions across the nation at a near standstill the situation may be awhile before there is any improvement.”
Edwards agreed the NWS is predicting another round of extreme cold weather the weekend of February 8/9, with temps as low as -9 degrees ,as well as two possible major snow storms before then.
“People needing a warming station (sheltering) should call the Red Cross,” Edwards suggests. “Remember, the Red Cross will not accept animals of any kind unless it is a companion dog. The Morrow County Dog Shelter will assist (room permitting) with sheltering owners K9’s who seek shelter with the Red Cross.”
Reach at or 419-946-3010.
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