DORAVILLE, Ga. - The next 48 hours will be critical in determining whether Georgia will see a gasoline supply crunch, according to a top official at Mansfield Oil.
Senior Vice President Andy Milton said more than twenty percent of the gasoline that normally flows to the distribution point in Doraville has been shut down because of the rains.
Experts are watching to see if an expected second wave of rainfall Wednesday or Thursday materializes.
And the other unknown is the condition of some of those large Texas plants. Once the water subsides, will managers find a lot of damage which would slow their ability to bring operations back on line?
Of course, supply and price are related. In Atlanta metro, the pump price is up about a dime. Milton expects another jump of between 10 and 20 cents. And that may be a best case scenario if the price spike is only temporary.