had power, whether from a generator
I don’t know. Except for the people
plopped on the floor at the end of aisles
plugging in their cell phones and lap-tops, the scene was fairly normal.
I did notice, however, that the line
for takeout food was long and the
shelves were bereft of many canned
goods — the only flavors left in the
soup aisle were the “healthy” low salt
and low fat varieties. Bread, candles
and tuna fish were cleaned out. Nobody was bothering with the meat.
Driving home, much of the Manhattan
skyline was dark.
Water, Water Everywhere
By Wednesday, the filth in my down-
stairs had receded, so I began tossing
books and anything else that could
not be cleaned (I still don’t know if
the black stuff was sew-
age or just silt.) Then, I
ventured out to see more
People stood in
with red gas cans
waiting to fill
And a line of cars
the block. Police
and the scene was
quiet and calm.
Availability of Gas
Hurricane Sandy struck the U.S. East Coast on Monday, October 29, 2012, followed
by a Nor’easter on Wednesday, November 7. In the days following, New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented
odd-even gasoline rationing, a similar tactic used during the 1970s oil embargo, to
help alleviate long lines — in most cases hours of waiting — of customers trying
to fill up. Gas stations sold fuel to drivers with vehicles bearing license plates that
correlate in odd-even terms with the day of the month.
As more affected areas had power restored, more stations came back online
and were able to begin servicing customers. By November 13, 80% of New Jersey
stations were operational and gas rationing ended, while New York City stations
continued odd-even rationing.
Could Have Been Worse
As I headed out of town, I passed a
woman carrying a small dog, a suitcase
and, in general, too much stuff. Her
building was being evacuated due to a
possible gas leak and she looked mis-