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Sandy's Long Lines Ignite Short Fuses At Gas Stations

With many gas stations out of fuel, those that remain open have lines stretching over a mile long and police standing by making sure panic does not set in.

The Shell, Delta and Sunoco gas stations that line River Road in New Milford are all out of gas and closed for business, making residents with cars and generators wondering where they can gas up.

Stations that still had gas this morning were limiting distribution to generators only. 

The Hess Station adjacent to the DoubleTree Hotel in Fort Lee is the only gas station open on Route 4 East between Teaneck and the George Washington Bridge and, as of 3 pm, had a line of parked cars stretching well past the Grand Avenue exit in Englewood.

Port Authority and Fort Lee Police, along with Fort Lee Fire Prevention, were on hand to maintain order at the pumps. However, when one car tried to ease its way into the middle of the wait further down the road in Englewood, other drivers waiting their turn began to shout insults and obscenities from their open car windows. That prompted the driver who was trying to cut in line to get out of their car and plead that they were on 'empty.' They received no sympathy from the other drivers, but were successful in blocking another lane of traffic.

Lt. Tom Rowe of the Leonia Police Department, who has been keeping Patch apprised of the area gas situation, has reported that gas deliveries are scheduled for late tonight into tomorrow; officials in Fort Lee report the same. However, they stress that these are just estimates and not guarentees.

In Teaneck, police were called to control traffic at local stations. The township published a list Thursday night of open stations around Bergen County

A major concern among emergency services in many Bergen County towns is fueling up police cars, fire engines, ambulances, DPW trucks and their equipment--wood chippers, saws, blowers--in light of dwindling fuel supplies.

Steve Curry, head of Fort Lee's Fire Prevention Bureau, said that the Fort Lee Fire Department is limiting first response calls for active alarms to Fire Chiefs and Fire Prevention cars.

"We're only rolling the trucks for emergencies in order to conserve fuel," he said.

How are you handling the gas situation? Do you know of a station that still has gas? We want to know.

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J November 02, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Food for thought - who should take priority those who need gas for their generators or those who need for their cars to commute, run errands, etc Seems to me that I am in favor of the cars, so what if the people with generators run out of power - join the club for the rest of the 99 percent who have been in the dark since Monday
PK November 02, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Perhaps everyone should remain off the roads till the power is restored and the emergency services folks can do their job. Take a walk or bike. There are no priorities other than the Police & fire departments & hospitals. Seems to me we are all in the same flooded boat.
Nicholas D'Amelio November 04, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Mr. J Some of the people who maybe looking for gas to run there generators may be running generations for there sump-pumps to prevent flooding of there homes. What you are saying is not only do you want them to be cold, have flooding of there homes, so people can go to work and then come home to a cold house with water in there basements. It is not easy to say what is right or wrong but let’s all have compassion for each other and share what ever gas is available so everyone can make the best of the situation. Better day are coming. Nick

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