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Rockland County Facing Gas Shortage

County executive warns state officials gas supply is running low and asks residents to conserve


Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef reached out to state officials on Thursday to warn them the county faces a gas shortage as a result of the recent closure of the Port of New York, and ongoing power outages at gas suppliers. He also asked residents to conserve fuel and to be paitent until new supplies arrive.

Gas station managers have said they have no firm idea of when their next deliveries would arrive because their gas suppliers do not have power and have been unable to make their regular deliveries.  Residents began lining up Thursday at stations to get their tanks filled or get more fuel for generators. Some waited as long as three hours.

Many stations closed because of flooding because of Hurricane Sandy or they did not have power to operate the pumps. Others simply ran out of gas.

“I encourage consumers to conserve fuel and avoid unnecessary driving as stations are being reopened and restocked,” said Vanderhoef. “In addition, the county will do all in its power to ensure that emergency responders and other essential service providers requesting fuel have an adequate supply."

Anthony November 02, 2012 at 01:51 PM
There's a shelter with heat, cots and food provided by te Red Cross at the RCC field house, Emomommy.
Clemona November 02, 2012 at 02:33 PM
During Katrina the Feds were blasted because it took 48 hours to get emergency supplies to victims. The National Guard was activated immediately but were held up for days while awaiting OK from the Governors. And this was billed as "The worst federal response evah!" We are now on day 5 of this disaster and at some point today the NG will be arriving. There has been absolutely ZERO emergency supplies provided by the Feds to Rockland. Yet Supervisor St. Lawrence tells us the Feds are "engaged." After Katrina we learned that there were some basic needs that have to be met immediately. Shelter, food, water and ice and fuel. The local government did a good job getting shelters open here. Yet we saw a big debacle with O & R's ice distribution. So where are the feds? Where is the ice? Where are the tanker trucks loaded with gas? Oh thats right. They've been deployed to NYC so they can hold the marathon this Sunday.
Tom November 02, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Get a life
Tom November 02, 2012 at 06:42 PM
be happy u r alive
deborah November 03, 2012 at 09:00 PM
My advice is if you have a gas stove, light the burners (you have matches) and put pots of water on. You should warm up; even without the water. It's not recommended to keep it on all night but it shouldn't take too long. Turn off the burners; get under the covers and of course repeat in the morning.

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