Sunday, November 04, 2012

Post-Hurricane Sandy gasoline situation

We filled our gas tanks before the storm hit, but I don't think either of us imagined things would get to this point. When I went out the door yesterday, I saw this at our closest corner:

Was this an epidemic of bad parking? No, I figured it probably was a gas line, but there are no gas stations on this street. And the line didn't stop here. It went for blocks beyond this.

So I went for a drive to investigate (and run some errands). Sure enough, the line went up to the next major intersection, around the corner and for blocks to the next gas station. Overall, the line was about 3/4 of a mile long! That's on top of all the people standing at the station with gas cans for generators! This is madness!

At the gas station in question:

And down the road from there:

Same thing at another gas station down the road, with a big line backing into a bowling alley parking lot.

I have a long commute to the hospital every day. I hope this ends soon!


Greg said...

Yikes! I hope you and yours are doing okay.

Jess said...

Thanks, Greg. We're doing okay now. There's odd-even day (based on license plate number) gas rationing now, and that seems to have helped. Plus, most of the gas stations are now stocked and open every day now, so the problems are passing.

As far as other things, we had tree damage and power losses, but we're relatively unscathed.