Gas Shortages

Historical rains cut off South Florida’s gas supply.


Photo from ABC Local News

by Athena Freire, Student Writer

Long queues at gas stations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties over the weekend were accompanied by spontaneous “no gas” posters attached to the pumps. Many motorists made lines in an attempt to fill up their tanks. Gas pump handles wrapped in red and yellow plastic frustrated the public which was cut off guard by the sudden gas shortage. Lines of motorists in South Miami-Dade stretched for up to an hour to fill up at gas stations in Doral and other parts of Miami. 

Photo from Miami Herald

Port Everglades, which is located in Fort Lauderdale, had unprecedented 25.91-inch rainfall totals on Wednesday. The floods disrupted the delivery of fuel to gas stations. In response to ‘record’ rains in the Fort Lauderdale region, the Port Everglades and Broward County are conducting boat rescues and dealing with chest-high water. Officials from Port Everglades issued a statement stating for the public “to remain patient.” 

Fuel is being sent from Tampa and Canaveral to Broward and Dade counties to deal with the shortage.