HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -
Prices for propane throughout the Midwest have more than doubled in the past week, as it's now averaging around $5 a gallon.
Carla Potts with the Northeast Community Action Corporation says more people than ever are coming in needing assistance to help pay for the rising cost.
"As they order and find out the price of it, I think we are going to see more people," Potts said.
Potts says residents in rural communities are feeling the pinch with the recent propane price increase. The cost to fill a typical 500 gallon tank has risen from $1,000 to more than $2,500.
"You have extreme cold, where you have to keep your temperature up higher than maybe you normally would to keep your pipes from freezing and to be comfortable," Potts said. "I think if we had seen rising prices and winters like we've had, where it wasn't so cold, it still would be hard but it wouldn't be a double hit."
If you need help paying for your heating bills, Potts says to contact your county NECAC office as soon as possible.
Illinois Gov.Pat Quinn has already declared a state of emergency and a Missouri state senator is now demanding an investigation over propane prices and supplies. Meanwhile, lawmakers in the Iowa House, are seeking $1 million in additional funding to help low-income Iowans heat their homes.
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