Gas stations stormed by people desperate for fuel
Gas stations are being stormed by people desperate for fuel. Some places are experiencing long lines. We find YNN's Elaina Athans at one of those locations.
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TOWN OF CHESTER, N.Y. -- Some people are waiting up to an hour just for the opportunity to come and fill up. At the Mobile station in the Town of Chester, a lot of the folks weren't even from this area. People are coming from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York City boroughs to fill up their cars and pick up gasoline for their generators. It’s become a fight for fuel and it's only adding to frustrations.
"This is not good at all," said Washingtonville resident Annemarie Forsythe.
Gas stations are clogged with people desperate for the one thing that'll keep them mobile and moderately comfortable in their homes after Sandy's destruction.
"We tried another gas station first, and I actually thought it was empty until we drove up and it had 'no gas' on every pump," said New Jersey resident Melissa Prestipino.
People waited in lines, came from different states, and saw others around them grabbing as much fuel as they could.
"You know those portable water jugs you get delivered? That’s what he was filling up gas with," said Hamptonburgh resident Ken Chan.
The high demand left people standing stagnant at the pump.
"It’s pumping very, very slowly. Very slowly," said Pine Island resident Tricia Smith.
The gasoline was trickling out, adding to the annoyance.
"Waiting in line and then when you get to the pump, it’s going slow so it’s a lot more frustrating," said New York City resident James Ku.