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FEMA Delivers Gas to Hampton Bays

Shell stations pumps free fuel.

For Southampton Town residents who have been driving around on fumes the past few days, the Federal Emergency Management Agency brought relief Monday, with the aid of a Hampton Bays gas station.

FEMA delivered nearly 8,000 gallons of regular unleaded gasoline to Canoe Place Fuel Mart on Monday afternoon, and the proprietors of the gas station agreed to provide the staff and facility to distribute the fuel.

Evans Edson, the vice president of operations for the Shell station, said that FEMA called Sunday and offered to supply the fuel. The catch is that owner David Hawke has to foot the bill to operate the station, while not taking in money during the gas giveaway.

Edson said they welcomed the opportunity when FEMA called because they wanted to support the community. "It's good for everybody," he said.

The gas is free to drivers, but they are limited to 10 gallons each.

The delivery came around 2:30 p.m., and he put out the word on Facebook, Twitter, WLNG and elsewhere, Edson said. "Once the word spread, it spread like wildfire."

Around 5 p.m., the line was more than 100 vehicles long, and growing. It stretched from the station at the corner of Montauk Highway and Canoe Place Road back west on Montauk Highway, and south on Gravel Hill Road.

Edson said he expects the station will run out of fuel around 9 p.m.

After Hurricane Sandy, the station was closed due to not having electricity until Thursday, and then the inventory ran out on Friday, Edson said. When the next delivery came from Shell, they pumped all day and ran out again, he said, explaining that gas normally comes every two or three days.

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oceanview November 06, 2012 at 02:29 AM
8,000 gallons of gas at $3.99 a gallon equals $31,920 (retail value). Is this were FEMA money should really be going? How is this much different than the scam of the generators being used for the NYC Marathon? People in Staten Island, Long Beach, and Breezy Point are a lot worse off than us on the East End, we need gas out here but it does't have to be free. This money could have been put towards food, blankets or temporary residences for those who lost everything.
Jaguar-Guy November 06, 2012 at 04:38 AM
If FEMA had any idea how to handle a disaster, they'd have listened to the forecasts 5 days out, and prepared for GAS to be shipped, and the simple life-saver - BOTTLED WATER !! FEMA hasn't managed this disaster, it has managed them. They have no clue what to do, and are doing nothing, so more people are getting angry before Election Day. Angry and pissed off voters vote against the status quo, and incumbents. Early exit polls have Dems way lower than 2008 levels and Repubs up way over 2008 levels - so Republicans out way ahead early so far. Vote these idiot bastards out. Where the hell is Tim Bishop? NOT ONE AD TOUTING ANYTHING HE HAS DONE FOR US OVER HIS 10 YEARS OF STICKING IT TO LONG ISLAND AND MAKING HIS MILLIONS. Newsday backs Romney and Altshuler - and that says it all right there. In 2008, they backed Democratic Idiots, and they have learned Dems are completely inept and ineffective fools - who only seek office for their vanity, not for America. Vote Revenge ? Vote him out.
susan November 06, 2012 at 09:22 PM
can't find one gas station with gas. what an outrage and what a shame.
Dalend November 08, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Thank god for the democrats that care while the republicans tried to outsource more jobs hiring people in foreign countries to make calls from countries like china and india. insider deals on Wall Street dragging down the economy everywhere to make more profit and throw the poor and middle class to the wolves on Election Day to get the vote out . The music of the day voters saw through the lies of the lying pun dent conservatives (conservative is not the word lets use the real world words destructive backward thinking egomaniacs making illegal profits with their friends in stock market and future trades taking American poor and middle class to the brink of destruction
SKP November 08, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Natural Disasters have nothing to do with politics or class. Just be happy we have each other to lean on, Stop trying to pull us apart at this time when we should all be standing together helping one another.

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