Winston-Salem short on gas, bans non-essential driving


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Officials in Winston-Salem are curtailing some city services that use cars and trucks after missing a shipment of gasoline.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports the city says it hopes to get a gasoline shipment on Wednesday but have instituted the ban on non-essential driving in case that doesn’t happen. A shipment was expected on Monday, but the gas didn’t arrive because of a leak in a pipeline in Alabama that has impacted states across the Southeast, including North Carolina.

Police officers and firefighters will still be doing their jobs and garbage trucks will still run, but officials say things like city inspections, park mowing, and minor pothole repairs are being put on hold until the city’s gas supplies can be replenished.

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