Residents are reporting low levels of unleaded fuel at gas stations throughout the region as a spike in demand from South Texans fleeing Tropical Storm Harvey continues to impact availability.
H-E-B management confirmed Monday that area stores experienced temporary unleaded shortages at stores over the weekend but are working to ration fuel between locations.
“We are diligently monitoring and working to keep our fuel stations supplied during this time of spiking demand,” said Leslie Sweet, H-E-B director of public affairs in Austin. “We have a plan in place to continue to deliver fuel to all of our stations. If we do run out of unleaded temporarily, we will offer higher grades of gas at the lower unleaded price.”
Mickey’s Convenience Stores throughout the area have not reported any shortages despite a number of social media posts, according to Mickey’s owner and Vice President Karen Walinder.
Representatives from Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets could not be reached for comment.
Kevin Keller, spokesman for the city of Copperas Cove, said he had seen social media posts indicating shortages in Cove but could not independently verify the posts.
Killeen Director of Communications Hilary Shine said she was not aware of any confirmed shortages.
The city of Lampasas reported in a news release Sunday that multiple gas stations were experiencing a shortage of unleaded gas, with some stations being completely out of fuel.
“We are aware that some gas stations have just taken deliveries; however, it is unclear how long it will take to get the next load,” the release said.
The city said the shortage is a result of increased traffic from the south as people flee the storm.