Even though the Missouri River is falling back into its banks and flood emergencies have been lifted at some locations along the river, the flood is still causing some problems. Triple-A Nebraska’s Rose White says flooding caused the temporary shutdown of an Omaha fuel distribution terminal that provides fuel to many gas retailers in the metro area.
Oil tankers are now driving to Des Moines, Lincoln, Columbus and other cities for fuel. Retail pump prices have been pushed higher because of the increase in delivery costs. White says some stations may experience temporary shortages of some blends due to delivery delays.
White says this is a short term problem and it should be resolved within a week. She says the one thing they don’t want is to create a panic situation. There is plenty of fuel and they encourage drivers to buy supplies as needed and not stock up.
When the terminal reopens and supplies are back to normal combined with the summer driving season coming to an end, White says hopefully prices will drop.