The Waiting Game: Gas Hysteria Continues Sunday, Monday

Drivers wait as long as 12 hours at gas stations in West Hempstead, Malverne and Lynbrook.

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Two lines of cars stretched down Nassau Boulevard in West Hempstead Sunday, one coming from the south and the other from the north.

On one end, a driver had been waiting outside the Gulf station across from Halls Pond Park since 5:30 a.m. It was going on 5 p.m.

Down the block, another driver had been parked on a line for the Mobil station on the corner of Nassau Boulevard and Hempstead Turnpike for nine hours.

In both cases, the gas stations were closed. They had sold out of gas and there was no telling when the next delivery would be coming. When Patch informed both customers that there were two nearby stations open -- one on the other end of West Hempstead, on Westminster Road and Woodfield Road, and the other across the border on Hempstead Avenue in Malverne -- they weren't willing to give up their place in line to go wait on another that stretched for several blocks.

And at Hess on Hempstead Turnpike in West Hempstead, there was also a small crowd of people camped out on the sidewalk with canisters, waiting for the station's next delivery, whenever that may come.

The gas crisis on Long Island in the wake of Hurricane Sandy is testing residents' patience and sanity. 

Over the past three days, hundreds of cars and customers with canisters in hand have been waiting on gas lines for hours to fuel up at whatever station in the neighborhood happens to have both gas and the electricity to power its pumps.

For the most part, the crowds have remained civil. We witnessed one verbal spat Friday at the BP in Lakeview, but the employees quickly revolved the matter. (Nassau County Auxiliary and village police have also been stationed at some of the pumps at times to maintain order.)

Two Malverne cops were stationed near the Gulf station on the corner of Hempstead Avenue and Franklin Avenue, Lynbrook's "Little Five Corners," where a line of cars stretched all the way to Rider Avenue in Malverne for most of the day. The station had exhausted its supply of gas by the evening.

The OK Petroleum in West Hempstead, which ran out of fuel Friday, had received a new shipment Sunday and was thus, slammed with customers.

The USA station on Hempstead Avenue in Malverne, across from Crossroads Farm, finally had its power restored Sunday. Starting in the morning and well into the night, customers were fueling up their cars and canisters. The line stretched across the Southern State Parkway overpass to Cornwell Avenue Elementary School in West Hempstead. When we asked the owner when he would run out, he indicated that he had an ample supply.

And although the BP in Lakeview was closed, the owner was expecting another delivery at some point Sunday night, and suggested that the gas hysteria would be over soon.

Were you able to get gas this weekend? Where did you go? How long did you wait? Tell us in the comments section below.

Sheryar Choudhry November 05, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Sandy showed true IQ of NYS Governor, Mayor of NYC, Nassau and Suffolk County Executives.Common sense is very uncommon in a common politician. Read My article on patch and share your thoughts please. http://malverne-lynbrook.patch.com/blog_posts/sandy-showed-true-iq-of-nys-governor-mayor-of-nyc-nassau-and-suffolk-county-executives
LISA BELL-MATTHEWS November 05, 2012 at 10:02 AM
My husband and son were at the BP in Lakeview from 2am Sunday morning until 11 am when they finally got gas. The saddest part was, the station had gas the entire time. No truck showed up. The owner simply turned the pumps on and gave even their most loyal customers like my husband who stops there every morning only $40 in gas. My husband who drives a conversion van would now have to go somewhere else to get enough gas to get to JFK where he works and go to Queens to take care of his elderly father. We should not be treated this way!
tj November 05, 2012 at 10:18 AM
This is crazy......
Brenda Gandolfo Cummins November 05, 2012 at 10:41 AM
It took four hours but was able to get a full tank at Citgo on Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre.
the big kahuna November 05, 2012 at 12:02 PM
these poeple are messing with us. this is a tradegy
joseph a. November 05, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I woud like to thank the Auxiliary Police Officers stationed at The Hess on Hempstead Tpke in West Hempstead for doing a great job! The line my wife and I were on started on Nassau Blvd. at Dogwood Avenue and stretched up to Hempstead Tpke then finally into the Hess station across from the Capri Motel. We both took turns walking up to the station to get an update as to the progress of the line a few times during our wait and saw these guys in action. Once the gas truck arrived, these guys ran the lines like an Indy pit crew. They moved the cars in and out quickly and after a 5 hour wait we finally got our car filled up. Joe & Denise
Neal Rosenblatt November 05, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Joe/Denise, Just prior to the storm our Auxiliary Police Officers were making final preparations by stocking our vehicles with equipment and refueling them, and then they started the task of sandbagging our Headquarters building at Halls Pond Park in case of flooding from the pond.During the storm they were out assisiting the NCPD and our residents 24 hours a day since the onset when and where ever we could. For us and the Fire Service this is what it all about. Thanks for the comments Neal R.
Melanie Bess November 05, 2012 at 05:28 PM
@Lisa, i stayed on that line and only got $25 in gas, you guys were lucky. The gas station on Nassau Blvd and Hempstead Avenue is usually good. no limit even on containers
TW November 05, 2012 at 08:18 PM
This is appalling. No way am I ever going to wait for hours just to get gas. Not only is my gas tank empty, but my house in Malverne is STILL without power. Thankfully, my start date for my new job was extended to next Monday, and I HOPE everything will be back to normal by then. If not, and if I lose this job, there will be a major class-action lawsuit in the making.
Helen Danil;czyk November 06, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I got gas on Sunday at Gulf station on the corner of Hempstead Avenue and Franklin Avenue so my son could get to work Monday. I waited three hours for gas there but that was after I waited three hours at another gas station that didn't get their truck. There was also line cutting but the Malverne police quickly chased off the line cutter. I also tried Saturday to get gas at three different stations, two in Rockville Centre and one in Oceanside but every time I got close to the pumps they ran out of gas. This gas thing is awful and now there is another storm coming...


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