Finding gas in the Lower Hudson Valley has proven grueling since Superstorm Sandy but it’s even worse on Long Island.
That’s why New City’s Pam Grayson spent $50 this morning filling up four plastic gas containers and driving to Nassau County.
Her 72-year-old father and 68-year-old mother, who live in Manhasset, are close to running out of gas. Her dad ventured out to look for an open gas station on Wednesday during the nor’easter, turned around after two miles and ended up spending three hours in traffic.
“They’ve always been there for me, so I’m going to be there for them,” Grayson said.
Her two brothers and a sister also live on Long Island. Fortunately, her family has power at home, just no way to fill up their tanks.
Buying gas in Rockland wasn’t a problem but finding the gas cans was, she said. Lowe’s and Home Depot only had 2.5 gallon containers and were limiting two per customer. She bought four, and this morning borrowed a five gallon container from a friend.
“You just get nervous,” said Grayson, who had planned to go this weekend. “You want to make sure everybody is okay.”
The trip to her parents’ house and back totaled 80 miles and cost her $24 in tolls.
She couldn’t bring enough for her entire family, but will head back over the weekend with more is needed.
“It’s the least I can do,” Grayson said. “You got to help out. We’re in a tough time.”
Do you know anyone from our area who has delivered gas to family or friends on Long Island or the Jersey shore? Share your stories in comments.
Top photo: Apologetic signs were posted at a gas station that has run out of gas on Queens Boulevard on Nov. 1 in Queens. Gasoline supplies remain scarce, and stations still open have drawn long lines of cars. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Bottom photo: A Nassau County police officer oversees motorists flocking to a working gas station in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy on Oct. 31 in Rockville Center. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)