How DeKalb County government prepared for gas shortage

After a critical Alabama fuel pipeline began to leak, DeKalb County employees took a simple step: ordering gas sooner.

The fleet maintenance department maintains 29 gas sites for county vehicles and, typically, stocks up once the tanks run down to 25 percent full. As rumblings began about the shortage now choking supplies across the Southeast, the county started ordering once the tanks hit half-full, accoridng to county spokesman Andrew Cauthen.

"So far the county’s vendor has been able to meet the county’s demand and each of the county’s 29 fuel sites are up and running," he said Tuesday morning.

Cauthen also pointed out that some of the DeKalb fleet is unaffected by the situation. The county has 150 vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, 140 that use propane and two electric vehicles.

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