DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Harvey’s destruction along the Gulf Coast is having consequences in North Texas as fuel prices rise while fears begin to grow about supplies running out. On average, gas prices this week have gone up 17 to 18 cents across the Metroplex.
Supplies are limited because Harvey forced nearly a dozen refineries in south Texas to shut down. Pumps at service stations in places like Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, Hurst, McKinney and Little Elm are seeing a shortage of gas, and increased demand is making gas a bit harder to find.
QuikTrip on Wednesday said that it would cut the number of locations with gas in half. The company operates 135 stations in the DFW area and does not want to spread supplies too thin. They have released an updating list online that shows which gas stations still have fuel.
Some drivers across North Texas are taking precautions, preparing for a possible gas shortage.
“We just want to make sure that we aren’t caught off guard,” stated driver Mohamed Ali. “We are far off from the danger zone, better to be cautious than to be sorry.”
“I have to be at work at 9:30 a.m. and I left my house at 6:30 a.m. this morning just so I could go get gas,” added driver Robert Andrews.
It should be noted that not all service stations are running low, but those that do have gas will likely be more expensive. AAA Texas is urging drivers not to panic. This is likely a temporary situation. But experts said that you should try to keep at least a quarter of a tank of gas in your vehicle at all times, so that you don’t run out while looking for a place to fill up.
“This is ridiculous,” said delivery driver Doug Hull. “People are waiting for nothing. They aren’t going to run out of gas.”