Some parts of NC still having a gas shortage

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Fuel is flowing normally for much of the state but some areas still are short on gas.

A week after a major fuel leak was repaired in the Colonial Pipeline, state emergency management officials say the mountain region is dealing with some delays in getting fuel.

Central and eastern parts of the state are fine for the most part -- with the exception of some stations still waiting on fuel.

ABC11 found signs saying "No plus" and "No premium" outside the Shell station on Peace Street in downtown Raleigh.

Fourteen days after widespread gas shortages across the state - some outages still linger.

Instead of filling up elsewhere -- Erin Gerber is using what the Shell station has left.

"My car takes 93 gas and there's no 93 gas right now so I'm putting in just regular. It won't kill it, but it's frustrating," Gerber said.

Widespread frustration is tapering now that there is less gridlock and yellow out-of-service bags at Triangle gas pumps.

Last week, Colonial Pipeline repaired a pipe that leaked 6,000 to 8,000 barrels of fuel just outside of Birmingham, Ala.

Fuel is now flowing in the pipeline which snakes through North Carolina and up the East Coast. But state officials there is still a minor lag in getting fuel to western regions of the state.

Travel restrictions for gas trucks have been lifted to expedite transport.

Central and Eastern North Carolina, for the most part, is back to normal.

Meanwhile, gas prices are going down.

On Friday, AAA said the average price of gas in the Triangle is $2.20, which is two cents down from last week. Two weeks ago the average was $2.06.

The state is investigating claims of price gouging. One business in Raleigh is accused of charging as much as $4.99.

Last week, the shortage put a strain on Anthony Williams' wallet. Friday, the Pizza delivery driver is filling up for 8 cents less.

"$2.14 is not that much, but I just got my car recently so I was used to low prices," he said.

AAA also said gas prices will go down soon, because the summer travel season is over and gas stations have switched to a cheaper, winter blend of fuel.

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