Updated 11/02/2012 04:53 PM
Gas stations closing after spike in demand
The gasoline supply across the Hudson Valley is slowly diminishing. Stations are shutting during this gas crunch. YNN's Elaina Athans has more.
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WALLKILL, N.Y. -- Gas stations are quickly closing following Sandy's destruction, with people draining the supply to fuel up their generators and gas up their cars. Signs were posted, cones put out and marquees were black. And for the stations that are open, there are long lines and lots of irritation.
People have been bouncing from place to place trying to find an open station and running out of gas in the process.
"This is my third one (station) this morning," said Middletown resident Christa Corriveau.
“I have two bars left. That’s it," said Middletown resident James Flemming.
A lot of those filling up are from the south, coming from New Jersey, a state also experiencing a shortage.
“The lines have been about half a mile, three-quarters of a mile long," said New Jersey resident Mike Devincentis.
"It’s terrible. Sussex County has no power north of 94," said New Jersey resident Darryl Sherwood.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says the gas crunch should be easing soon. There were restrictions for gas transportation after Sandy. He signed an executive order Friday to allow distributors and transporters to bring fuel to the State without having to meet usual requirements. Until the shortage dissipates, the generosity of others is keeping folks fueled up.
"We had gotten a lot of extra gas just in case," said Lake Katrine resident Sue Lichtenberg
Lichtenberg stockpiled for the storm. She never used her supply and decided to donate it. She drove with nephew an hour from her home to areas seeing many gas station closures.
"We need to help people and I think that's one of the biggest problems we face right now is people saying 'Ah, that's not my problem. I don't need to do this' and it is our problem. It's all of our problems and you need to do something nice when you can," said Lichtenberg.
She gave away hundreds of dollars worth of gas, but received immeasurable gratitude.
"It's a beautiful thing," said recipient Dan Hart, who lives in the Town of Wallkill. "We need to love each other simply. I mean, does it get any easier than that? That's what it's about and that's what’s happening."
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