From downed powerlines to damaged homes, the recent destruction of Hurricane Sandy hit Malverne, West Hempstead and Lynbrook in more ways than imaginable.
Another way Sandy affected the area was at the gas pumps. The lack of power and damage around the region created a lack of supply and an increase in demand, stretching gas lines close to a mile at some stations and forcing Long Island politicians to enact a gas rationing policy.
While most gas stations maintained a reasonable price after Sandy hit, others did not. A total of 13 stations from Westchester to Suffolk — including one in Cedarhurst — were caught price gouging, according to New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
Schneiderman said that the Shell gas station located at 408 Rockaway Turnpike in Cedarhurst was charging more than $5 for a gallon of regular gasoline.
Other stations on the list charged anywhere from $4.74 to more than $5.50 per gallon.
How much did you pay for gas during the shortage and where did you get it? Tell us in the comment section below.