NEW YORK (AP) – The lights are back on in lower Manhattan and that prompted screams of sweet relief from residents who’d been plunged into darkness for nearly five days by the superstorm. But their joy contrasts with deepening resentment in the city’s outer boroughs and suburbs over a continued lack of power and maddening gas shortages.
Adding to the misery of those lacking power, heat or gasoline: dipping temperatures. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging older residents without heat to move to shelters, and says 25,000 blankets are being distributed across the city.
Bloomberg says that fully resolving the shortages at gas stations could take a few days.
Long lines of vehicles and pedestrians formed after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the U.S. Department of Defense was opening the mobile fuel stations in New York City and on suburban Long Island. The government then asked the public to stay away from the locations until emergency responders get their gas.
National Guard Col. Richard Goldenberg said Saturday afternoon that people who were already at the distribution sites would not be turned away.