Most Vulnerable Marinette Co. Families Receive Emergency Propane - WBAY

Most Vulnerable Marinette Co. Families Receive Emergency Propane

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Some of the most vulnerable in Marinette County -- including the elderly and families with children under the age of six -- were surprised when they received much needed propane this weekend.

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It's being paid for by state crisis funds.

When Action 2 News first visited Michelle Baldwin, her husband and five young kids in Silver Cliff on January 23, the family's propane tank, used to heat their home and power appliances, was down to 7 percent.

Michelle spoke with us over the phone Monday.

"Seven percent was really scary to me," she recalled.

Four days later, relief when another company delivered 100 gallons.

"But when we got that, that's still not enough for us to feel comfortable running our furnace because that's a two-week supply," Baldwin says.

As their tank once again began dwindling down, a surprise message from the Marinette County Emergency Management Director Saturday morning.

"He told us that they had identified our family as being some of the vulnerable population because we have small children," said Baldwin. "And that they had contracted with an area company to deliver 100 gallons of propane each to some of the vulnerable population and he said that there was propane on the way."

Twenty minutes later, Forest County vendor Northwoods LP was in her driveway.

"Everybody was so thrilled, like 'Mom, can we take showers? Yes, we can take showers. We can put the heat on!'" Baldwin exclaimed. 

The Baldwins were one of at least 25 families who received the emergency propane, according to the emergency management director.

"The Department of Administration was able to secure additional crisis assistance funding for Marinette County. And the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association was able to reach out to some vendors outside of Marinette County to come in and assist us," explains Eric Burmeister, Emergency Management Director.

The Baldwins' tank is now at 40 percent, but they estimate it will only last another month, so gas usage at the house is still being limited.

Dale Gas & Oil in Dale, Wisconsin also answered the emergency call over the weekend. AmeriGas of Amberg is also steadily processing applicants for Customer's Gas Service, who had run out of gas. The emergency management director says Customer's Gas did receive a shipment of about 9,000 gallons of propane on Saturday and delivered it to clients through the weekend.

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