Winston-Salem receives partial fuel delivery; limited non-essential operations resume tomorrow

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The City of Winston-Salem has received a partial fuel delivery and will resume limited operations for all non-emergency and non-sanitation vehicles on Wednesday.

This comes just over 24 hours after the city announced it would suspend all non-essential operations due to the gas shortage. At the time of the suspension, about 1,000 of the city's 1,800 vehicles were sidelined.

The partial delivery of about 3,700 gallons was made shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday from Clinard Oil. The city expects to receive a full fuel delivery on Wednesday. Due to weight restrictions, the fuel tankers used to make that delivery typically hold about 8,800 gallons of fuel.

Speaking Monday, city leaders said they expected the first delivery on Wednesday.

Non-emergency and non-sanitation vehicles will be limited to no more than 10 gallons of fuel per non-emergency vehicle per day.

The partial delivery comes at a crucial time for Trans-Aid, which was scheduled to suspend operations on Wednesday, except for dialysis patients. Trans-Aid provides transportation for hundreds of disabled and elderly citizens each day. Trans-Aid’s services will no longer be suspended.

The city will remain in the current conservation mode until fuel deliveries are back to normal.