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New Canaan Gas Stations See High Demand After Sandy

Cars and gas cans were being filled nearly nonstop on Thursday at the New Canaan Gulf Station on South Avenue.
Cars and gas cans were being filled nearly nonstop on Thursday at the New Canaan Gulf Station on South Avenue. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

NEW CANAAN, Conn. - Gas stations in downtown New Canaan have become popular places with people looking to fill up their cars and fuel generators at powerless homes.

The lines were long for gas on Thursday at the New Canaan Gulf station as well as the Kean’s Korner Mobil station on South Avenue. Many of the visitors were filling up the now-familiar red gas cans to power generators for homes that would have otherwise been in the dark since Hurricane Sandy felled power lines.

“It’s the busiest I’ve ever seen,” said Sid Ahmed, a cashier at the New Canaan Gulf station. He even noticed one customer bring “four or five” gas cans.” The station received a delivery of gas early Thursday, but Ahmed had feared gas might run out with as many customers fueling up. “I’m not sure we can continue like this,” he said. Steve Falcone of New Canaan, whose home has no power, figured it would not be his final trip to the station, waiting like thousands of residents for power to return. “I’m sure I’ll be back,” he said. Talk of gas shortages because of problems with distribution centers in New Haven and elsewhere also caused people to get gas where they could. Jay Wheeler, a driver with Scarsdale Veterans Car and Limousine Service in Scarsdale, N.Y., stopped at New Canaan Gulf after dropping off a customer.  Stations south of New Canaan did not have gas available. “I’m filling it to the brim,” Wheeler said.   Art Kean, owner of Kean’s Korner, said he received a delivery at 3 a.m. Thursday and had sold about half of it by mid-Thursday afternoon. Kean hopes he will continue getting deliveries.

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