Cold plan set for Columbiana County

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Columbiana County Commissioners and the Emergency Management Agency have set up a cold weather plan for residents in the wake of a regional propane shortage and frigid temperatures.

Emergency Management Director Luke Newbold said Saline Oil, which services about 500 residents in the county, had been at critically low levels as of late Monday, but a joint effort between Carroll County and Momentum, another oil company, worked to provide an emergency delivery, which has boosted reserves.

“We already distribute a lot to Ohio right now and they already have 315 customers that distribute the product out, but we were able to pull some of those and say ‘we’ve got a company that’s in trouble and they need some gas now’,” said Eric Mize of Momentum.

Getting the 8,000 gallons of propane to Saline ended up being a cross country venture.

“All the way to Colorad, Texas and Kansas to pull this off, believe it or not. Just to make this change paths,” Mize said.

Saline Oil officials said they’re thankful for the delivery, but the company is not out of the woods. It’s worried about next week as all propane and home oil heating companies are working to keep up with demand during the latest winter blast.

In the meantime, several warming stations have been set up throughout the county for anyone that is in need of shelter from the cold.

Newbold said Community Action is available for anyone needing transportation between 5:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, call 330-424-4015.

Warming Stations:

Wellsville Central Church, 100 Main St., Wellsville.

Salineville Fire Department, 34 Washington St., Salineville. Call 330-679-2321 for further assistance.

East Liverpool City Hall, 126 W. 6th St.

Franklin Fire Department, 32046 Spruce St., Summitville. Call 330-223-2001 for further assistance.

Columbiana County EMA, 215 South Market St., Lisbon. Call 330-424-9725 for further assistance.

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