Residents Feel Helpless During Propane Shortage - WBAY

Residents Feel Helpless During Propane Shortage

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Hundreds of people in Marinette County are having a difficult time coping through the propane shortage. As Patrick Nelson reports, some say they've already had to move out of their homes.

"I just see the customers coming in, I hear from my friends. It's really depressing around here, the disgust and they're scared. They're scared," said Marinette County Bar Owner Kimberly Dalberto.

At the Northwoods Bar in Marinette County near Amberg, people say they are running out of propane and time. Now, they say their only line of support is their neighbors.

"It's tight times for everybody. So, we want to do whatever we can for people as well, but we can only do so much. We have to work together and we need the State," said Dalberto.

The regular distributor for propane in the Amberg area for many customers about 900, is Customer's Gas. The owner tells Action 2 News he distributed every bit of his propane until there wasn't a drop left. Now, the company is out, but he hopes to soon get that propane flowing again.

Customer's Gas Service Owner Terry Price says gas stopped flowing from his company becuase they simply couldn't get any.  He said it was no more complicated than that.

"Unfortunately, when propane prices go up to $5 a gallon, one transport costs $50 thousand and the biggest problem with Customer's Gas being a smaller company is the fact we do not have the resources to bring those loads in at that type of money," said Price.

Customer's Gas Service hopes to get a small shipment of propane in by the end of the week. In the meantime, people in Marinette County continue to ask for help.

"Nobody is considering this a disaster. They talk about a good story, but nobody's... Where's the meat? Let's help people," said Greg Reinhardt, Treasurer in the Town of Athelstane in Marinette County.

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