The lack of gas eases as more fuel arrives, but still fills “a pool with a garden hose”



Drivers were still waiting at some gas stations on Monday, but the situation appears to have improved.

Erik Gault, chief operating officer of Peninsula Co-op, said nine of the company’s 12 stations in the Victoria area had gasoline on Monday morning. The other three have been temporarily closed in an attempt to build up gas inventory at key locations, so there are some in reserve.

“We’re only likely to miss one or two right now, and we’re waiting for loads,” he said mid-afternoon.

There are also fewer gas queues, said Gault, who expects some shortages to continue over the next two weeks.

“I would say the temperature for the traveling public is definitely better than it was,” he said. “The challenge is we’re trying to fill a pool with a garden hose and the drain is still open at the bottom. “

West Shore RCMP have called for witnesses to an incident that took place Friday at the Shell station at Island Highway and Six Mile Road in View Royal, where it was alleged that a motorist rolled over on a pedestrian, followed pedestrian kicking the vehicle door.

The gas station was busy at the time, with a line of vehicles leaving the pumps through the parking lot, on the sidewalk and on the outer lane of the Island Highway, police said, who said the incident had not been captured on video from the gas station. surveillance.

Anyone who witnessed the altercation or has dash cam video is asked to contact West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264.

In Victoria, Andy Harris, who lives across from Shell Station at the intersection of Fort Street and Yates Street, said he saw a constant stream of vehicles and it could get noisy.

“Outside my window, honking every hour, screaming, yelling, all that funny stuff,” Harris said. “It was just crazy the last few days.”

David Matviw, who was lining up to refuel at the station on Monday, said he didn’t mind the 30-liter gasoline-per-customer limit introduced by the province last week. “I think it’s a good idea,” he said, adding that some people get greedy early on both at the pump and in grocery stores.

Aren Scott, who was also at the station, said he was “running on the help of fumes” in his work truck last Thursday when queues started to form in the city and drove to at a train station on Esquimalt Road.

“They ran out exactly when I was about to refuel.”

He was fortunate enough to return home and move his tools in his wife’s vehicle, and was finally able to refuel his truck on Monday.

Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Cowichan Valley school districts have taken action to keep staff off the roads as repair efforts continue and gas remains scarce.

The Cowichan Valley District is redistributing some staff and operations to keep people closer to home, and also postponing most activities that require car or bus travel, while the Nanaimo-Ladysmith District is encouraging the staff capable of working from home to do so, and also postponing certain activities.

In response to Facebook posts from gas-strapped drivers, an Oak Bay woman offered to run errands for other Oak Bay residents in her electric vehicle.

“Hello Oak Bay family,” Zoe Carlin Fyfe wrote on the local Oak Bay page. “I see messages concerned with the search for gas. Although I cannot help there, I am fortunate to have an electric car.

“If you run out of gas but need essential shopping (food shopping, doctor’s office), please contact me by MP and I’ll see if I can help you.”

RCMP West Shore Const. Alex Berube said if any roster altercations did arise, they would likely be short-lived. “People are realizing that their temper tantrum is not going to get anywhere,” he said. “I think people realize there is gas, let’s not rush to get there.

“I hope things start to get back to normal.”

It was a similar story in Saanich, Saanich police officer said. Markus Anastasiades.

“Most of the time it was pretty civilian,” he said. “We had a few complaints about the dialogue, but nothing that became physical.”

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