Clean up continues after two storms; gas now rationed

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Nov 10 2012 11:33 AM | Updated as of Nov 10 2012 07:33 PM

NEW YORK– Days after superstorm Sandy and the wintry blast of the Nor’easter battered the East Coast, more than half a million residents are still in the dark and are scrambling to get gasoline.

Filipino residents said without power, enduring the close to freezing temperatures at night has been a struggle.

“To keep warm, I boil water with the small amount of fuel I have, pour the water in soda bottles, wrap them in thick blankets and hug them,” said Arnel Arcedo of Coney Island, New York.

The tourist area of Coney Island, famous for its boardwalk theme park, was badly damaged by hurricane Sandy due to floods.

Many motorists all over the badly hit areas of the state are driving with very little gas in the tanks.

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo imposed on Friday gas rationing in the city to cut down the long lines at the pumps.

Private vehicle owners can buy their gas depending on the last number of their license plates. Even-numbered car plates get their rations on even days and odd-numbered car plates on odd numbered days.

With the recovery from the storms expected to take months, the Philippine Consul General in New York, in cooperation with local emergency agencies, will hold information sessions this weekend on how and where victims can get help.