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As temperatures begin to drop, people wait in line to fill containers with gas at a Shell gasoline filling station Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Keyport, N.J. In parts of New York and New Jersey, drivers lined up Thursday for hours at gas stations that were struggling to stay supplied. The power outages and flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy have forced many gas stations to close and disrupted the flow of fuel from refineries to those stations that are open. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Gas lines are growing in Greenwich as drivers from New York and New Jersey flock to Connecticut because of the gas shortage in their states, and this is creating a problem for the border town.
In New York and New Jersey, drivers wait in line for hours to fill up their cars and gas cans. There are even reports of things getting violent at the pumps.
NBC New York reports that a motorist was arrested after he tried to cut in line at a gas station in Queens early Thursday and pointed a pistol at another motorist who complained.
To avoid the wait, drivers seem to be crossing the border to get gas in Greenwich and it is causing problems here, including long lines and increased gas consumption, according to Greenwich police.
To avoid growing gas lines and further tapping Greenwich supplies, police are asking Tri-State drivers to head north another couple miles, where there are no long lines.
“It appears as if many of the Tri State, New York area, residents are coming across the line and stopping in the first town on the I-95 exits,” police said in a news release on Friday morning.
“Unfortunately, this has significantly increased the amount of traffic and usage at the service stations, which is making it difficult for everybody. Probably the best thing that would serve the residents from the New York area looking for fuel is to drive a few minutes further up the line into Stamford, Darien or Norwalk, where they too have fuel, and there are no lines.”