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Propane Shortage Leaves Thousands Without Heat

Propane Shortage Leaves Thousands Without Heat

CREATED Jan 22, 2014

by Jason Lamb

LEBANON, Tenn. – Thousands of families in Middle Tennessee have been hunkering down, facing bitterly cold temperatures and a shortage in the propane that heats their homes.

The shortage stems from the "polar vortex" a couple week ago, when propane delivery trucks were stuck on icy and snow-covered roads.

The rush to meet demand in the coming weeks prompted long lines at filling stations that are currently running out, forcing propane to be shipped into Middle Tennessee from sites further and further away.

Propane delivery businesses have already cut back on the amount they're delivering to homes, to make sure they have enough to get them through the next two to three weeks.

Governor Bill Haslam has already signed a state of emergency declaration for Tennessee, allowing propane delivery trucks to stay on the road longer to get their supplies to market.

About 120,000 homes in Tennessee rely on heat provided by propane.

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