Morristown dries out…. of gasoline in wake of Hurricane Sandy

By Berit Ollestad

Despite what you may have heard, Morristown is a dry town.

Of course, we mean gasoline. It was running out on Wednesday morning. Gas station attendants said delivery trucks have not arrived in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; Morristown police were dispatched to break the news to long lines of unhappy motorists.

As of 11:30 am, only 200 gallons of fuel were left at the Getty Station on Speedwell Avenue. Police Officer Kevin Buell was directing traffic, and preparing to go car to car to tell drivers they were out of luck.  More than 100 cars were stacked in a line that snaked past Speedwell Lake.

KEEPING PEACE AT THE PUMPS: Morristown's Finest at Getty Station on Speedwell Avenue. Photo by Berit Ollestad

KEEPING PEACE AT THE PUMPS: Morristown's Finest at Getty Station on Speedwell Avenue. Photo by Berit Ollestad

Ryan Guercio of Highland Lakes works at the BMW dealership on Ridgedale Avenue. He did not want to risk running out of gas by driving around searching for it. So he grabbed a gas can and walked to the Getty Station–only to discover it was out of gas.

So he walked to the Dean station on Abbett Avenue, and was thrilled to get a couple of gallons for his drive home.

Line of cars on Speedwell won’t be finding gas on this trip.

Station attendant Jim Benjamin said there was no word when his suppliers will be able to get more fuel from refineries that were shut down by the storm.

For the most part, he said, customers were well behaved. He was the one getting frazzled. “There’s not a second to do anything, to count your money, I’m just running from pump to pump.”

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