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.

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.

Rosemary Fuhrman November 02, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Regarding the New Milford gas stations: Is it a power or supply issue? When will both/or either one be corrected?
Ann Piccirillo November 02, 2012 at 12:20 AM
The issue is both at all stations. Some it's lack of supply, others it's power related.
Janice Cush November 02, 2012 at 08:03 PM
This is a scary situation we are in and yet we don't even compare to the shore right now or Staten Island, but how are we all going to be able to get gas for our cars to get to work? I hope things start to improve soon, it may just be a rumor, but I just heard people without power in New Milford, may have to wait another week for it to come back. Can you imagine living in Sparta, there's may be out for a month. Good luck and God Bless everyone, be safe.
the education of 42 November 02, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I spoke with a friend from Hudson County. It seems that some people in the North Bergen area are stealing fuel from cars by punching holes in the fuel tank. There is no time table for the power to come back on. The PSE&G twitter feed has canned responses: "our crews are working 24/7. Thanx for your paitence." I spoke with a young lady in media relations at PSE&G. This her second week on the job. I actually felt bad for her. She has no answers, and guys like Izzo and LaRosa are too cowardly to put their phone numbers or e-mails out there. If you need fuel, check nj.com for a list of open stations, and when you find one be prepared to wait.
robin commerford November 02, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Gosh, I hope it's not another week without electric. I heard a nor'easter is coming Wednesday or Thursday. Governor Christie is right, if your neighbor gets their electric you are happy, but it doesn't mean anything if you don't have yours. I waited in a gas line for 40 minutes on rt. 17S near Ramsey.


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