Port Chester a Popular Stop for Drivers Anxious to Get Gas

Out-of-area customers, panic buying seen at Port Chester gas station.

Port Chester was a popular place to get gas over the weekend.

Village officials said there were lots of out-of-area drivers coming to the village after hearing reports there was gas to be purchased. To help deal with the panic-buying, Port Chester Police got assistance from four Westerchester County Sheriff's officers.

On Friday, power was restored along the Post Road, making it possible for gas stations in that area to resume service following Hurricane Sandy. On Sunday, gas was being sold at the Shell and Mobil stations on Boston Post Road, at Valero on Westchester Avenue, BP at Summerfield Park and State Line Exxon on North Main Street.

While traffic was flowing through the village, officials said there was clearly an increase in out-of-area drivers buying gas in Port Chester. Residents of New York City, Nassau County and Northern New Jersey were spotted at Port Chester gas stations — many of them coming to the village after hearing radio reports of gas availability.

Fearing more gas shortages, local residents were also making more gas purchases than normal. In some cases, drivers with plenty of gas in their cars were "topping off" their tanks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said he has implemented a series of actions designed to increase fuel supplies in the hurricane-affected areas.

- New York has temporarily suspended gasoline distribution-related requirements so gasoline and other fuels can be transported throughout the region.

- More than 8 million gallons of gasoline and other petroleum products are on hand in New York.

- More than 28 million gallons are being delivered to operating New York terminals.

Have you been waiting on long gas lines? Having trouble finding gas? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.



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