The closure of Malahat Highway at night next week due to flood damage will also affect the fuel supply on the South Island.
Many cars were seen at the pumps on Wednesday, and the local company Peninsula Co-op warned of the instability of the coming days.
“As the clean-up of recent rains continues to affect the roads, oil retailers across the island are facing challenges to get a stable supply of fuel, including the Peninsula Co-op,” the company said in a statement posted on its website.
“We are working hard to alleviate downtime, but we expect it to take several days to recover. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding as we address these challenges.”
I just spoke with the Chief Operating Officer of Co-Doc, who urges people not to panic to buy gas. Says there is supply in the terminal, the problem is getting it through Malahat. All non-essential traffic is also urged to stay off the highway to get food / gas cars through. @CHEK_News
– April Lawrence (@AprilCHEK) November 17, 2021
Drivers reported that some gas stations, such as Co-op on West Saanich Road and Keating Cross Road, did not have regular and medium gas and only a premium remained.
Other drivers were seen retreating to the pumps with their gas cans and filling them while waiting for a shortage.
South Island fuel is transported over Malahat from Nanaimo, but the motorway is currently closed at night due to repairs following the flood damage and is open to single-lane alternating traffic only during the day every 30 minutes.
The Ministry of Transport announced on Tuesday that 17-22.11. The motorway section will be closed from 18:00 until 06:00
The closures of the evening will allow the Department of Transportation and Emcon Services to repair parts of the highway damaged by the floods.
As the situation poses a major bottleneck on the fairway route, Emcon asks drivers to avoid Malahati altogether unless it is necessary for travel.
UPDATE: @EmconSouthVI says it is NOT a normal operation. They urge people to stay away #Malahat unless it is ABSOLUTELY IMMEDIATELY JOURNEY (emergency medical apt, etc.) allow highway repair personnel and food and fuel trucks to pass. More @CHEK_News # BCHwy1 #shop traffic @DriveBC pic.twitter.com/66pIggjybC
– Tess van Straaten (@tessvanstraaten) November 17, 2021