Fuel supply dries up on South Island due to Malahat highway closure – .

Fuel supply dries up on South Island due to Malahat highway closure – .

The nightly closure of the Malahat highway over the next week due to flood damage is also impacting the South Island’s fuel supply.

Many cars were seen lining up at pumps on Wednesday, and local company Peninsula Co-op has warned of instability in the days ahead.

“As cleanup from recent rains continues to impact roads, petroleum retailers across the island are struggling to secure a stable supply of fuel, including Peninsula Co-op,” the company said. in a statement posted on its website.

“We are working hard to mitigate the outages, but we expect it will take several days to stabilize. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding as we overcome these challenges. “

Drivers reported that some gas stations, such as the West Saanich Road Co-op and Keating Cross Road, were out of regular and mid-size gas, only premium was left.

Other drivers have been seen arriving at the pumps with cans of gasoline, filling them in anticipation of upcoming shortages.

The South Island fuel supply is carried on the Malahat from Nanaimo, but currently the highway is closed overnight for repairs from flood damage and open to single-lane traffic in alternating only during the day, at 30-minute intervals.

On Tuesday, the Department of Transportation said that between November 17 and 22, the section of the highway will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The evening closures will allow the Department of Transportation, as well as Emcon Services, to restore parts of the highway that have suffered flood damage.

Because the situation creates a major bottleneck on the artery, Emcon is asking drivers to avoid the Malahat altogether, unless it is for essential trips.


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