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Mon November 5, 2012
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The gasoline shortage in the wake of Hurricane Sandy has affected supplies upstate... long lines to get gas in Ulster County Friday trickled up to Greene County by early Saturday, as we hear in this report from WAMC's Dave Lucas.
Late Saturday afternoon, Greene County officials used the county's emergency notification system to alert residents and ask them to conserve, after pumps at two gas stations went dry.
Terry Borwegen is president of the Greenville-based Borwegen Trucking, which services dozens of retail fuel outlets across the region. She says that people are driving up from points south to fill up their tanks. [Gas Map]
Steven Debel at the Mobil Station on Route 6 in Mahopac, says gas has been in short supply throughout Putnam County. He explains deliveries have been off-schedule. Debel says the long lines for gas thin out considerably where Route 6 approaches the Connecticut state line.
The gasoline supply and the lack of electricity to the south has placed a strain on hardware stores as people try to purchase gas cans and generators. Eileen Hedley is one of the store managers at TruValue of New Paltz. She says they field hundreds of calls a day from people looking for gas cans and generators, with people driving up from New Jersey and Long Island looking for equipment. She says supplies are totally out.
Things aren't much better farther North for Jim Olsen, the owner of Olsen's Hardware and Garden Center in Slingerlands, who sold his last gas can over the weekend. He says the Ace Distribution Center in Wilton is out of gas cans too. He has generators, and customers buying them are taking them down to New York City.
The gas shortage has seen more people turning to mass-transit. Metro-North train service is back in operation, but officials are warning riders to expect delays.
Borwegen Trucking is conducting its own relief effort for needy New Yorkers - they are taking donations of non-perishable items (not clothing) at their facility along Route 81 in Greenville, as well as in Menands behind Albany Steel and at The Milk Run, 3498 Route 145, East Durham
The gas shortages and power outages continue in parts of Westchester, down in Long Island, New Jersey and of course New York City ... Senator Charles Schumer promises more gas will be on its way to the Hudson Valley.