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Top Stories 2012: Sandy Leaves Gas Stations High And Dry

Sam Nik of the Ardsley Getty station prints "No Gas" signs at his station on Saw Mill River Road.
Sam Nik of the Ardsley Getty station prints "No Gas" signs at his station on Saw Mill River Road. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. — Fuel seekers from as far as Brooklyn waited in long lines at gas stations in the Rivertowns in early November after Hurricane Sandy hit on Oct. 29 and caused fuel shortages due to power outages and stalled gas deliveries.

Motorists formed lines as long as a quarter of a mile in Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley and Hastings when gas became available.

But Sam Nik of the Ardsley Getty Station on Saw Mill River Road and Ashford Avenue was more concerned about the lack of power at his home in Dobbs Ferry than about the empty gas tanks.

"When is the power coming back?" Nik asked. "I have no lights at home and no gas at work. People are going crazy asking when we will have a delivery."

As motorists went back to work after the storm, gas stations in Ardsley were either closed due to power outages or out of gas because deliveries could not be made from New Jersey ports distribution points. Customers moved from station to station looking for gas for cars, trucks and generators.

Although New York City and New Jersey as well as nearby Yonkers imposed rationing schedules, local residents were not restricted in their quest for precious petrol. Local police reported no serious problems on the long lines as drivers stayed calm during waits of up to two hours.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Nov. 3 that gasoline was on its way to Westchester and the rest of the state. A total of 8 million gallons of gasoline were released and  28 million gallons were expected to arrive in the second week of November, easing the shortages. Power was restored to most of the Rivertowns within two weeks of Sandy's arrival, getting most local gas stations back to normal.