Linn County Residents Travel to Manchester for Gas & Supplies

Linn County residents are traveling north to get supplies following Monday’s devastating storm.

With gas stations and other businesses without power, Linn County residents were making their way to Manchester and other outlying areas to get gas, generators, food and supplies.

Vehicles were pulling off Highway 13 into Quik-n-Handi in Manchester on Tuesday morning, waiting in line to fill up with gas – and filling up gas containers too. Owner Jason McDermott says they started getting busy late Monday night.

McDermott was walking up to each vehicle as they pulled in.

He says he’s not too worried about Quik-n-Handi running out of gas.

McDermott says he’s seen lines for fuel like this before, but not for this reason.

He says everyone pulling into the station has been patient and understanding. Rod Miller was one of those who made the trip north to Manchester from Linn County. He says Monday was a crazy day like nothing he’s ever seen before.

Miller decided to make the trip from Marion to fill up on gas and supplies.

But even in the midst of a natural disaster, he says people are coming together.

Lines also formed for gas at Casey’s Truck Stop along Highway 13, as well as Kwik Star on West Main too. Linn County residents were also making their way into Manchester to grab lunch, with lines at the drive-throughs of the fast food restaurants. And the Manchester Walmart parking lot was filled with over two dozen vehicles from Linn County as residents bought groceries and supplies.


photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH