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Largely spared the worst of Ida, Acadiana dealing with gas shortage

One by-product of hurricane Ida for much of the Acadiana region has been gas, or a lack thereof.

Posted: Sep 1, 2021 12:07 AM

Acadiana - One by-product of hurricane Ida for much of the Acadiana region has been gas, or a lack thereof.

As many braced for the worst over the weekend, many gas stations throughout the region have been out of gas since Saturday.

But some folks who said they had no issue filling up in preparation for hurricane ida this past weekend.

"We didn’t have any trouble," Jacob White said regarding he and his girlfriend's preparation. "Luckily we filled up Friday."

White says he and his girlfriend wasted no time when it came to being prepared for the worst.

"Filled up both cars. We like to do that as soon as there’s a threat that we might have some hurricane troubles," white said.

Many of the widespread gas outages throughout Acadiana started Saturday. The day before Ida would make landfall as a strong category four hurricane, and much like white, Nathan Schenck was ahead of the game when it came to ensuring he was gassed up.

"It was supposed to hit more towards Lafayette. So, like I made sure I prepared and everything. I did all my stuff early," Schenck said. "Later it came out [that] it moved more east, so I definitely knew. So, I definitely prepared."

More than forty-eight hours after Ida and many gas stations still haven’t been able to restock on fuel. While white isn’t worried about Lafayette's shortage, he says the bigger concern is those affected most by Ida.

"The question is, in the areas that were harder hit, how long is it going to take to get those services back," White said. "Much less electricity generations which has been hindered greatly."

While Schenck says he’s good on gas for now, he hopes the shortage doesn’t last long.

"I hope they get it picked up, ready again and they can start fueling us with gas again," Schenck said. "We’re not all driving Teslas so we all need some gas at some point, so hopefully they fix it up soon."

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