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Sandy Creates Desperate Situation, Long Lines At NJ Gas Stations

People fill up red gas cans at a Sunoco in Wall Township, New Jersey. (credit: CBS 2)

People fill up red gas cans at a Sunoco in Wall Township, New Jersey. (credit: CBS 2)

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WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Getting gasoline is just one of the many everyday tasks being made especially difficult in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

In scenes reminiscent of the gas crisis of the 1970’s, people were left waiting in long lines in places like Wall Township, New Jersey to fill up.

CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis, reporting from a Sunoco gas station, spoke with one woman who had waited for nearly two hours to get gas.

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“I had to do it. We’re totally out of gas,” the Monmouth County resident told CBS 2’s Dennis.

She said that the situation near her home was “pretty bad” and that the Wall Township location was the closest gas station she could get to.

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Long line at a gas station on Route 46 in Garfield, N.J. (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

A number of communities in the Tri-State have no gas and at some stations, the stations had closed down to prevent contamination of gas from flood waters.

There were also dozens of people waiting in line on foot with red gas cans trying to fill them up for cars and generators, CBS 2’s Dennis reported.

The situation was orderly and there was nobody trying to cut the line, or do anything unscrupulous at the Wall Township Sunoco, CBS 2’s Dennis reported.

Around 3:30 p.m., there was also a line about 200 cars long waiting for a chance to fill up.

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