Officials believe gasoline should soon return to the area

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - State officials including the governor have stressed, there is no shortage of gasoline across the state. But, ongoing rationing by some gas stations and consumers has some small communities in a panic.

"I went to six different stations to find gas,” said Marycruz Deleon Morales of College Station.

Deleon Morales said she had a tough time Sunday trying to find gas as she headed out to Corpus Christi to make a donations trip.

"I wanted to delay the trip,” she said. “I thought I was going to get stuck somewhere without gas."

Along her trek, she says she only found gas in Sealy and has heard stories of friends getting stranded in San Antonio.

But the outlook is good; officials with Exxon Mobil say they are making progress on restarting their Baytown refinery and chemical plant which was spared during Harvey. Exxon’s plant in Beaumont is still flooded.

Other gas companies say consumers may start to see restocking of gas in the coming weeks.

"Everyone gets in a panic mood,” said Deleon Morales. “When you have everyone in Bryan College Station plus people evacuating and the students all trying to get gas and fill up their tanks it does create a shortage in the town that we live in."

The Kroger gas station on Rock Prairie only had unleaded gas. The clerk told KBTX she was unsure of when the next shipment would come.