Marystown runs out of gas

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Mayor says hurricane Igor experience contributing factor

Residents of Marystown were purchasing gas in large quantities in recent days, both before and after an island-wide power outage struck Newfoundland. So much so that by Sunday afternoon, all gas stations were left with empty pumps.

Marystown Mayor Sam Synard

As of mid-afternoon Sunday, Mayor Sam Synard expected the local North Atlantic station to have more gas to sell within a couple of hours. The Canadian Tire station was expecting a delivery Monday morning, while a timeline for when Ultramar would once again have gas to sell was not known.

“I think there's been a run on gas, of course, because of the power outages,” said the mayor. “People are buying gas for generators and topping up every vehicle they have in their driveway.”

Residents are likely recalling the community experience during hurricane Igor. That weather event resulted in a loss of gas in Marystown for five days.

“That's in the back of people's minds as well,” he said.

Synard said the gas supply will remain secure as long as the main road leading into the Burin Peninsula community can stay open to traffic.

“There's nothing in the forecast that would threaten the highway for another week or so, so we should have no issue with gas.”

Marystown residents were subject to rotating outages Sunday, much like the rest of the province. Synard said the situation was not as bad compared to the previous day when temperatures were extremely cold.

“We've had what seems like 30 days now of below freezing temperatures,” he said, noting that little of the accumulated snow has melted over that timeframe.

A warming station has been established at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre located between Burin and Marystown.

Synard said residents need to reach out to friends and neighbours by inviting them over to get warm.

Organizations: Canadian Tire, Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre

Geographic location: Marystown, North Atlantic, Burin

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