All three major truck stop brands have reported closed locations due to winter conditions that hit Texas and Louisiana.
Jon Osburn, skipper of the OOIDA tour trailer, the Spirit of the American Trucker, is parked at the Petro in San Antonio. Yesterday morning, February 17, he reported it was a mess.
“Everything is closed,” Osburn said. “No food, no fuel, no showers, no DEF – no nothing.”
At his location in San Antonio Petro, he said reserved parking had been made available to truckers free of charge. He has heard of ruptured water pipes shutting off truck stops, power outages shutting off fuel pumping and other issues.
As of the morning of February 18, conditions were still difficult, he said. Without water, the drivers entered The Spirit seeking to use the potty there, he said. There are not any. Drivers said someone should have a portable toilet delivered, but Osburn said facility officials were unable to do so. Portable toilet companies were unwilling to send their delivery trucks to icy roads.
Additionally, with gelling or unusable pumps or undelivered fuel, drivers like him were stuck without enough fuel to get out of the problem area, he said.
He also heard from drivers about problems with icy approaches to Mississippi River bridges, making it difficult for tractor-trailers to pass.
TA & Petro
As of 3 p.m. on February 19, TravelCenters of America, which operates TA & Petro truck stops, reported closures and weather-related issues in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and elsewhere.
In Texas, TA & Petro reported that most cities were experiencing progressive blackouts.
There is no water in TA Bernardo, San Antonio, Petro Beaumont, TA Ganado, Petro Pearsall and TA Big Spring. The water pressure at TA Denton is low and the showers are closed.
Portable toilets are available at Petro Beaumont and Petro Pearsall.
Diesel pumps are out of order at TA New Braunfels, Petro Carl’s Corner and Petro Hillsboro.
In Louisiana, there is no TA Tallulah water or diesel. There is no water at TA Lafayette, TA Greenwood and Petro Shreveport.
Click on here for a complete listing of closed or restricted TA & Petro truck stops, restaurants and services due to weather.
As of 3:00 p.m. Central on February 19, facilities reported by Love closed the Greenwood, LA, Speedco.
In addition, Love’s lists widespread diesel outages as well as power, water, truck and restaurant shutdowns on its website.
The power was cut in 14 places. Diesel has been released at 11 sites in Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Mississippi, Kansas and Colorado. To verify here for updates.
At 3 p.m. on February 19, the Pilot Co. reported that all sites closed due to winter conditions had been reopened.
He also listed 23 truck stop locations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas that were not supposed to be delivered.
Check out the updated Pilot Co. here. LL