Image of the 1970’s gas crisis came to mind Wednesday afternoon as New Hyde Park residents lined up in their cars for the chance at filling up their tanks after the impact of superstorm Sandy.
Traffic was congested on Jericho Turnpike headed east as cars, vans and SUVs pulled into the Shell station at the corner of Jericho Turnpike and New Hyde Park Road side-by-side, while a line stretched down New Hyde Park road almost to the Long Island Rail Road tracks.
The Shell gas station appeared to be the only one with power after the storm as the station on the north side of Jericho and the BP station further west were both without customers and appeared to be shut down.
This morning, the station was charging $3.89 per gallon of regular-grad fuel in cash-only transactions. The price for credit-card purchases was $4.01 per gallon.