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Propane prices skyrocket

© Courtesy: U.S. Energy Information Administration © Courtesy: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Wisconsin (WQOW) - Propane distributors say the current shortage is the worst they've ever seen. They say frigid temperatures, a temporary pipeline closing, and a high demand to dry grain are to blame.

Tens of thousands of people across Wisconsin are being affected.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration the average price for a gallon of propane the week of October 21st was $1.70. Prices slowly climbed but even the week of January 20th the average price for a gallon of propane was $2.28. Then it jumped to nearly $4.50.

Managers at Lake's Gas in Wausau say the most propane they can give customers is 200 gallons. So now drivers are having to work more than 12 hours a day just to keep up. They say drivers now have to fill tanks every four to six weeks to heat customer's homes.

Some propane distributors are asking customers to try and use other sources of energy like wood or electricity.

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