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How Much Did You Pay for Gas During Shortage?

Do you think you were gouged? Tell us in the comments.

From downed powerlines to damaged homes, the recent destruction of Hurricane Sandy hit the Five Towns in more ways than imaginable.

Another way Sandy affected the area was at the gas pumps. The lack of power and damage around the region created a lack of supply and an increase in demand, stretching gas lines close to a mile at some stations and forcing Long Island politicians to enact a gas rationing policy.

While most gas stations maintained a reasonable price after Sandy hit, others did not. A total of 13 stations from Westchester to Suffolk — including one in Cedarhurst — were caught price gouging, according to New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

Schneiderman said that the Shell gas station located at 408 Rockaway Turnpike in Cedarhurst was charging more than $5 for a gallon of regular gasoline.

Other stations on the list charged anywhere from $4.74 to more than $5.50 per gallon.

How much did you pay for gas during the shortage and where did you get it? Tell us in the comment section below.

Sam Livingston November 16, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I would have gladly paid more for a shorter line!
Michael November 17, 2012 at 03:06 PM
My family and friends found the Shell station to be very kind during Sandy. There was police presence everytime we went to the station and saw no price gouging. The only time gas was an issue was when the power was out resulting in the pumps not operating.

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