Foster Fuels responds to hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast after fuel shortages cripple region post-Ida

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

BROOKNEAL, Va. (WFXR) – Foster Fuels is answering the call for help from residents, businesses and emergency crews along the Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Ida left a path of destruction along much of the central Gulf Coast. A total of 95 percent of fuel refineries have been shut down in Louisiana that has caused significant disruptions in the fuel supply to the region.

Foster Fuels has orchestrated a massive fuel mission of more than 130 fuel trucks, additional personnel, support vehicles, and communications infrastructure to help provide fuel service to the hardest-hit areas of southern Louisiana.

They are sourcing fuel from neighboring states to combat issues with fuel shortages.

Currently, Foster Fuels is operating in three locations from central Louisiana to New Orleans to provide fuel supply to those in need.

“As soon as we heard reports of the possibility of a Category 4 storm, we had to act fast. Minutes and even seconds count when the lives of members of this community hang in the balance. We have learned a lot supporting storm relief over the past decade, and we stand ready to help 24/7/365.”

Craig Simonsgaard, Foster Fuels’ Director of Operations

The company says that fuel is vital to crews who are restoring power, clearing roadways, running backup generators and keeping relief supplies fresh for those who need them.

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