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Top Stories 2012: No Gas In Greenburgh After Sandy

People waited in line for hours to fill their gas cans at gas stations like these in Yonkers.
People waited in line for hours to fill their gas cans at gas stations like these in Yonkers. Photo Credit: File/Meredith Shamberger
The line of cars stretched for blocks at gas stations that were lucky enough to still have power and gas after Hurricane Sandy.
The line of cars stretched for blocks at gas stations that were lucky enough to still have power and gas after Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: File/Samantha Kramer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — As 2012 draws to an end, The Greenburgh Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year .

Just when Greenburgh thought things couldn't get any worse from Hurricane Sandy's widespread power outages, the hurricane took away the gas, too.

It was a sight that some people said reminded them of the 1970s oil crisis. Lines of cars stretched for blocks in Greenburgh and Elmsford, as the hurricane slowed oil deliveries and caused gas shortages county-wide in early November. Some were forced to stand in line with their gas cans since their cars were already low or had run out of gas.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that by Nov. 3, two-thirds of gas stations in the New York metropolitan area either did not have gas or did not have power to pump gas. The shortage caused prices to rise to the highest they've ever been on Thanksgiving day, said AAA New York spokesperson Robert Sinclair.

In Greenburgh, it came down to the bare minimum on Nov. 1, with only two stations open in the area.

Slowly but surely , oil deliveries made their way into Westchester County and things finally came back to normal. After all the turmoil, Greenburgh residents were delighted to see the gas prices begin to fall by early December.

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