Gas Prices Keep Rising, Michiana Residents Respond

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Gas prices across the country are rising at a rapid pace due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine eight days ago. Prices are likely to reach the record high of $4.11 set in 2008, with the current national average being $4 per gallon. Here in Michiana, gas prices hit $3.99.

“3:39 a.m., then 3:59 a.m., then 3:89 a.m., I said, ‘Oh my God! “, says a worried local, Celia Gomez.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine drives up gas prices. Gasoline prices are rising, bringing the national average price of a gallon of gasoline to $3.84 on Friday, according to AAA. The prices leave people with sticker shock at the pumps.

“This morning when I was coming to work I saw it for $3.59 but I was late so I said ‘I’ll go after work’ even though I have to pay the $3.89” , worries Gomez.

A family feeling the pinch tells me they drove about five hours from Harbor Beach, Michigan to South Bend.

“We paid $90 today to fill up our vehicle, and it was $3.89. During our 5 hour trip, each gas station we passed or saw cost $3 and 89 cents. Every gas station,” says Angela Wood.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows inflation rising at its fastest annual rate in 40 years, leaving many people worried about what’s next.

“No, I’m not filling it out,” Gomez says. “I just put a little on for 3 days and then it’s like ‘go’. I don’t have the money to fill it up.

“Especially with an economy this bad, you can’t hit us in every direction and expect us to thrive or survive for some,” Wood says.

To monitor gas prices in your area, you can visit indianagasprices.com for an up-to-date list of gas station prices near you.

Edward N. Arrington