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Struggling to stay warm: Family having trouble getting propane for heat

Posted at 7:51 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 15:25:52-05

TULSA, Okla. — A family struggled to stay warm after weeks with an empty propane tank to heat their home. The family was left to warm their home with just a few space heaters.

Andrea Watkins and her family live in a small home in rural Chelsea, just outside Vinita. They’ve locked their doors and closed their windows, and used space heaters to keep warm. The family said they reached out to Livingston Gas multiple times over the past few weeks to refill their tank.

“I called them Monday and said, ‘Hey we’re totally out of propane, and it’s going to get worse.’ And I saw the weather, and it’s going to get cold.”

The couple told 2 Works for You the recent demand has the company backlogged, resulting in a long wait time. We reached out to the company but were unsuccessful in getting through due to a busy phone line.

Their issue comes on the heels of a new executive order ensuring propane during winter weather. Governor Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that the order would suspend specific regulations for truck drivers transporting propane for the next 30 days.

Since Watkins spoke with 2 Works for You, Livingston Gas refilled their propane tank. But, the cost of pipe-repairs and a high electric bill from the space heaters is something they’re not looking forward to.

“Between the electric bill and the pipes we’re going to have to replace, I’m not excited,” Watkins said.

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