Many Areas Say All They Need Is Power to Start Operating Properly Again
The President of the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association says the availability of gas is getting better all the time in parts of West Virginia after Friday night’s derecho, the powerful storm that took out power in a big way.
Jan Vineyard says the gas issues are largely about the lack of electricity.
“Power is the key. Many of our members don’t have electricity, even in their home offices, so power’s been the key and communication’s been the key,“ she said.
As of Monday, generators had been moved into parts of Braxton County and Lewis County where gas had largely not been available since the storms on Friday night.
Many gas stations in those areas, though, were still closed.
Vineyard says other accommodations were being made elsewhere in West Virginia to get the pumps running. At times over the weekend, Vineyard says entire areas did not have one gas station open for fuel.
“It always amazes me, the hoops our members run through to get fuel rerouted and diverted to supply their customers in these communities,“ Vineyard said.
She says she expects to see even more gas stations open by Tuesday.
West Virginia Municipal League Executive Director Lisa Dooley says there is no doubt the storm hit hard.
“In the 20 years I’ve been here, and speaking with most of the city officials, we’ve never seen anything at this level as far as disasters,“ Dooley said. “It’s certainly different.“
She says, right now, many city officials can only wait for power to be restored. “Power is key,“ she said. “But today is better than yesterday.“