Harvey, Labor Day increases fuel prices

POLK COUNTY — As Harvey continues to blast Texas and the Gulf Coast with heavy rains, inflicting some of the worst flooding in history in the Houston area, gas prices are climbing in many parts of the country.

For the week, the national average for regular unleaded adds 4 cents to $2.38. This is one of the largest one-week price surges for the national average seen this summer. The Oregon average gains 2.5 cents to $2.84.

Harvey isn’t causing significant increases in pump prices in Oregon since Oregonians don’t depend on the Gulf Coast for gasoline. Still, prices here will likely climb a few cents due to increased demand for the Labor Day holiday.

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