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. “
I just spoke to the co-op operations manager who urges people not to panic to buy gas. Said that there is supply at the terminal, the problem is to get it through the Malahat. Also urging all non-essential traffic to stay off the highway so food / gasoline trucks can pass. @CHEK_News
– Avril Lawrence (@AprilCHEK) November 17, 2021
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.
UPDATE: @EmconSouthVI says it’s NOT business as usual. They urge people not to #Malahat unless it is an ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TRIP (urgent medical apartment, etc.) to let highway repair crews and food and fuel trucks pass. Following @CHEK_News # BCHwy1 #yyjtrafic @DriveBC pic.twitter.com/66pIggjybC
– Tess van Straaten (@tessvanstraaten) November 17, 2021