JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Another side effect of the cold weather has propane users searching for supplies.
Demand is abnormally high for propane gas, which is used by businesses to run vehicles and also to heat homes.
A shortage began in fall, when farmers in Wisconsin had a late, wet harvest. They had to dry out their crops, using more propane. Right after, a prolonged cold snap came to the area, causing homeowners to increase their use too.
Brandon Scholz, managing director of the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association says the unprecedented demand nationwide came at a time when supply couldn't keep up. Trucks started coming from all over the Midwest to fill up at Wisconsin propane terminals, like the one in Janesville.
Scholz tells 27 News some truckers have had to wait hours at the propane pump, only to find they can't get a full tank because there just isn't enough to go around.
This could be an ongoing problem, until we get a break from the wintry weather. Scholz suggests homeowners who use propane stay on alert to avoid running out.
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