Governor Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency in Wisconsin. The declaration comes in response to a propane shortage, as another round of severe cold weather is forecast for the week ahead. The governor has directed all state agencies to be on alert and ready to assist as necessary.
“The health and safety of our citizens is our number one priority, and this declaration gives us the necessary resources to protect the residents of Wisconsin,” Walker said. “Since last fall, we have taken action to help alleviate the impact the propane shortage is having on our state. I will do everything I can within my power to help our friends and loved ones relying on propane to heat their homes or businesses during this challenging situation.”
Walker said a number of factors are to blame for the current shortage, including this winter’s unusually cold temperatures and the temporary closure of a major pipeline that delivers propane to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.