Drivers who woefully underestimated the impact of Hurricane Zeta found themselves sitting in a pretty long line Thursday on Veterans Boulevard.
The line was to get to the Shell gas station at Veterans and Transcontinental. It was the only gas station seemingly along the entire Veterans corridor that had electricity and gasoline.
Unlike other gas stations, who opened their convenience stores to unsuspecting drivers who found them only able to sell cigarettes and sundries but not pump gas.
Drivers braved the long wait in the right lane with traffic whizzing by on Veterans before crawling up to the pumps.
Many drivers brought along extra gas canisters for the thirsty at-home generator (the prerequisite 20 feet from the structure in a fully vented area).
One man filled no less than five five-gallon gas cans as I sat with the tail of my car protruding out on Veterans Boulevard.
This woman was having better luck: “Actually this is my second stop at a Shell station. The only problem is the lines are long, but everybody seems to be keeping their cool.”
Kevin searched for an endless amount of time before he found this station: “I’ve been trying to find gas for like ten hours(!) Long, long, long, it’s been rough out here. [I had to wait] like an hour, like a good long hour.”
Venturing inside the station, I found the Manager and asked him why his station was so fortunate.
He couldn’t tell me.
He did say as the entire area around him went dark, the lights and the pumps stayed on and working.
Finally around 7am, they ran out of fuel.
Then, with a stroke of good luck, the station's tanker truck showed up and filled their underground tanks.
They were back in business, with enough gas to keep them going for at least another day-and-a-half.