Gasoline shortage empties shelves in upstate NY - WBAY

Gasoline shortage empties shelves in upstate NY

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SLINGERLANDS, N.Y. - Victims in New York City and New Jersey continue to deal with a shortage of gas, and officials say it's expected to remain that way for days.

The manager at Olsen's Ace Hardware and Garden Center in Slingerlands tells NEWS10 before Sandy, they had trouble keeping generators in stock.

But in the aftermath of the hurricane, a shortage of gasoline cans is now the issue, people from New York City and New Jersey coming traveling hundreds of miles to buy them.

But help is on the way. Monday night, a C-17 cargo plane traveled down to New York City with two tanker trucks inside, with the ability to hold a total of 5,000 gallons of gas.

Two tanker trucks were already sent downstate Sunday night, and provided 10,000 gallons of gas in just one day for emergency vehicles and transit vehicles.

Captain Kathryn Lettko says the goal is to ease the burden on commercial gas stations, so people have a better ability to buy gas and get back to work.

The C-17 cargo plane will fly straight to the National Guard's logistics base at Floyd Bennett Field in New York City.

Captain Lettko says the New York National Guard has been ready for a mission like this since before Hurricane Sandy even reached land.

While people downstate wait for continued help, many are traveling upstate to try and ease the pain, emptying the shelves in Olsen's Ace Hardware store in Slingerlands, buying gasoline cans.

Manager Adam Olsen says his stock of flashlights and batteries continues to remain scarce as well, the store trying to do its part to keep all of the supplies in stock.

Olsen says he doesn't expect his stock to completely return to normal for another week.

In the meantime, he says the store continues to check the availability of products in the warehouse daily.

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