Gas shortage in eastern N.C. continues to frustrate customers

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Eastern North Carolina drivers have found themselves facing the frustrating prospect of wasting gas while looking to fill up over the past couple of days.

A station off Memorial Drive in Greenville had plenty of gas Monday, but on Tuesday it had caution tape up to let drivers know they were out.

“I passed here, and then another one over where I live off of Dickinson Avenue,” said Maxine Pollard, a gas station customer. “They didn’t have any until I got to Sheetz on Firetower Road.”

Pollard said she is trying to stay ahead of the game by filling up a little bit each day so she does not run out. She said she is “getting between maybe $7 or $10 worth at a time.”

Some local businesses like Michaelangelo’s depend on gas for deliveries.

“Gas, I mean it’s such an important part of our business,” said Matthew Haithcock, Michaelangelo’s general manager. “I talk to all my drivers and everybody and let them know they need to have their gas filled up whenever they can.”

The gas shortage had caused some people to spend more money, as several stations are out of everything but premium.

A bypass of the pipeline that led to the fuel shortage will be implemented Wednesday, but Gov. Pat McCrory said it will be a few days before fuel supply returns to normal in North Carolina.


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