NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – During early morning runs for gasoline on August 29, North Texans discovered the new reality of what they will have to pay at the pump – thanks to Hurricane Harvey. While there were still some good deals available, they were disappearing fast.
At a Fort Worth Costco, customers were greeted with pre-hurricane prices, just a fraction over $2.06 per gallon.
But down the street, at the QT, people fumed at what they will have to become accustomed to — prices over $2.44 a gallon. The amount being charged for gasoline will likely go up as the crippled energy industry in and around Houston continues to deal with the historic storm’s impact.
The price took some by surprise, like Arasely Campos, who said it was not right to hike up gas prices at the same time thousands of people are trying to flee the flooding from the hurricane.
“I didn’t notice the prices. I’m caught up with everything else and didn’t realize the prices were going up,” Campos said after filling up. “It’s unfortunate. The prices should stay the same, Campos said, adding: “There are a lot of people who can’t afford to take these trips …those unfortunate people who are trying to get away. It’s not right to increase prices.”
The higher gasoline costs are expected to be around for some time as key refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast were forced to shut down by flooding spawned by Hurricane Harvey, significantly cutting the flow of oil and gas throughout the country.