Local Gas Stations Face Shortages After Blizzard (PHOTO)

As federal and local governments across the region reopened for business, commuters hit the streets to head out to work after spending days stuck at home. If reported gas shortages on Friday weren’t enough, some local stations were out of gas for Wednesday’s rush hour as well.

George Ransford is the manager of the Exxon on 10201 Westlake Drive in Bethesda. He says his station ran out of gas on Thursday and Friday before the start of the blizzard.

PHOTO | Executive Shell Rockville

PHOTO | Executive Shell Rockville

Saturday and Sunday we didn’t have gas but we had a delivery on Monday. Right now we only have supreme, not regular or plus,” Ransford said.

Ransford added that a fuel truck was scheduled to deliver gas to his station on Wednesday evening.

Chris Wangkang is the owner of Executive Shell on 12151 Rockville Pike and College Plaza Exxon on 15211 North Frederick Road. He says both stations experienced delays with deliveries and are just now topping off fuel storage tanks. Wangkang also added that other gas stations in the area were still out of gas.

“On Friday there was a huge rush, normally we do 5,500 gallons but it was double the load. We ran out of gas around 2 p.m. then another load came in but we ran out a second time later in a day.  We finally got a load on Tuesday night. We were out of gas for three days so we were only able to sell wiper blades and hydraulic fluids for bulldozers and snow plows,” Wangkang said. 

For more stories on life after the blizzard in Montgomery County, follow our MoCo Snow Blog.

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Laura is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce - a member-based organization of businesses that have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and industrial progress in our communities. The area's economic well-being is a result of the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber. The Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. My position at the Chamber - Director of Events & Marketing - affords me the opportunity to plan quality events for our Members and market the Chamber is a variety of avenues. At the GGCC, we typically have around 30 events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five's, ribbon cuttings and special events. The consensus is we have high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Most our events are free to Members so securing sponsorships for all events. Additionally, I am responsible for planning networking, overseeing the budget and marketing of all events in order to make them successful. Lastly, I coordinate all marketing and communication efforts of the GGCC including weekly email blasts, its quarterly newsletter, all social media platforms, media relations and community outreach. Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia.

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