Gas prices impact Labor Day travel

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COLUMBIA - Gas prices across the country continue to rise Labor Day weekend after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana last week, closing nearly a fifth of the U.S. oil-refineries. 

According to GasBuddy.com, the lowest gas prices in Columbia on Sunday morning was $2.47. 

As of Sunday morning, the average in Missouri had risen 30 cents compared to a week ago, according to AAA.  

Meanwhile, the national averages have risen almost 26 cents to $2.62 a gallon. 

With Labor Day weekend being one of the biggest travel weekends in the calendar year, one Columbia resident has already changed his plans. 

"It's just too expensive now," Columbia resident, Jeff Beasley said. "Everybody I know lives paycheck to paycheck."

But others have not let gas prices affect their travel plans.

"Not really effected my plans," Blue Springs resident, Linda Mayhall said. "I was already going to do these things, so it doesn't matter." 

"It really hasn't [affected my travel plans]," Columbia resident, Jesse Williams said. "I thought the prices were a little bit high." 

On Saturday, ExxonMobil's Baytown Texas refinery, which is the second largest in the country, reopened six days after it was shut down.

Even with eliminating his Labor Day plans, Beasley is sympathetic to everyone affected in Texas and Louisiana.   

"I feel really bad for the people in Texas," Beasley said. "As much as it hurts our bottom line here in the Midwest, nothing compares to what those people have lost in Houston."

The last time the national gas price average was more than $2.50 was August 2015. 

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