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Gas Rationing For Hurricane Sandy Recovery Begins In New York

Paige Brettingen |
November 9, 2012 | 11:45 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

New York had "little choice" to start gas rationing, Mayor Bloomberg said (Creative Commons)
New York had "little choice" to start gas rationing, Mayor Bloomberg said (Creative Commons)

As the U.S. Northeast struggles to recover from Hurricane Sandy as well as the snowstorm they now face, patience is beginning to run out. Reuters reported that power outages and gas shortages have also posed a "commuter nightmare," preventing people from getting to work.

In New York City, gas rationing has begun, following New Jersey's example last week. According to Mayor Bloomberg, the city has "little choice," reported Reuters:

  • One gas station in Brooklyn had an hour-long line Thursday just for government workers, while another along the busy Belt Parkway in Queens had a two-hour line for just one working pump.
  • After he announced the rationing plan, a gas line snaked for blocks through Manhattan's Soho neighborhood.
  • "It now appears there will be shortages for possibly another couple weeks," Bloomberg said, later adding, "If you think about it, it's not any great imposition once you get used to it."
  • Neighboring counties would implement a similar program, he said, in an effort to cut down lines that ran for hours at local filling stations following Sandy. The city's iconic yellow taxis are exempt from the new regulation.

The death toll from Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. and Canada reached 121 as of Wednesday and over 300,000 homes and businesses struggle without power.

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