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New York Drivers Tap Greenwich Gas Supplies



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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.”

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    The Connecticut Red Cross is asking interested volunteers to email with their phone number and email address. The Red Cross will then contact them with further information about how they can help out.

    United Way:

    The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is seeking donations of shelf-stable, non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, bottled water, and clean blankets. There are five local drop-off locations for these contributions:

    • The Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, 374 Broad Street, New London from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m on Friday, Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;
    • The Hampton Inn, 300 Long Hill Road, Groton;
    • The Residence Inn, 40 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic;
    • The Comfort Inn, 48 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic; and
    • United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, 283 Stoddards Wharf Road (at the corner of Route 12), Gales Ferry from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    If you would like to make a financial contribution, please go to and click on the ‘Donate’ button in the upper right-hand corner to contribute securely online.

    United Way of New York City has established the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. The Fund will address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of individuals, families and communities along the Eastern Seaboard that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy's devastation. Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia. United Way of New York City will charge no administrative fees.

    The East Haven Pantry, located at 39 Park St. in the lower level of Christ and the Epiphany Church, is accepting donations of non-perishable foods. Monetary donations are preferred as they have a purchasing power available to them of at least double of the funds raised.

    Donations will also be accepted at the Hagaman Memorial Library and at the Town Hall. All monies must be in the form of a check payable to the East Haven Food Pantry.

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