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November 5, 2012

Post-Sandy: A quick first person report

Filed under: Preparedness and Response — by Philip J. Palin on November 5, 2012

Late Sunday afternoon I drove from Perth-Amboy, New Jersey to New London, Connecticut.  It was an interesting trip.  On a roughly five mile stretch of primary road in New Jersey I saw at least 16 gas stations.  Two were open for business.  I think one other was “open” but not pumping gas.  Most had orange cones or tape showing they were closed.

Significantly, there was electricity.  One of the non-operating stations had an idled generator sitting out front.  This suggests the stations had exhausted their gasoline supplies and had not been (could not be) resupplied.  This was despite being within about 20 miles of the largest concentration of gasoline supply on the East Coast.

I took the picture above at a Connecticut service area just off I-95 a bit west of Bridgeport.  The line was about twice as long as the picture shows.  I would have had to hike into the Interstate lanes to actually get the whole queue (and you would not have been able to see the pump-canopy).  I had 3/4s of a tank left which easily got me to New London.   By New Haven there seemed to be plenty of gas.

When the picture was taken it had been  six days since Sandy roared ashore.  Despite the pictures — and a couple more days to catch-up — I think the fuel situation is close-to-being fixed.  Replacement housing will be even harder to “fix”.  Much, much more difficult.  Wickedly hard.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

November 5, 2012 @ 9:34 am

Finally events are being kind to President Obama and Adminstrator FEMA!

Hurricane Sandy response and recovery while not having the same number of fatalities will make the problems of Hurricane Katrina eventually look like small potatoes in comparison.

IMO of course!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 5, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

Realize the comment above contains no rationale for my conclusion!

Timing of landfall of Hurricane Sandy and Election 2012 could not have been fortuitous for Obama and Fugate. Why? Sandy fallout will not be fully realized before the election! By December 1st people will be wondering where is the new FEMA?

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