Archive for Wednesday, September 12, 2001

National events trigger gas lines

September 12, 2001

By 4 p.m. Tuesday, gas lines blocked or stalled traffic by every gas station in town.

Inside B&J Amoco, Wally Moore looked at the dozens of cars and trucks lined on U.S. Highway 24-40, Ridge Street and Front Street. Many of the vehicles had been waiting for 30 minutes or longer.

Moore wasn't sure everyone would get to fill up.

The station's 10,000-gallon tank was down to 2,500 gallons. The next delivery would be in the morning.

He predicted the gas station would be closed by 6 p.m.

"When we run out we'll just shut down and go home," he said.

Gas lines are almost unheard of in Tonganoxie.

"Two cars in the line usually means it's getting crowded," Moore said.

Tonya Beach, had decided to stop for gasoline after overhearing that gasoline prices would be more than $3 by morning.

But Beach said she didn't expect a 30-minute wait.

Also filling up were Tony and Nickie Perry, who came prepared with two extra four-gallon gasoline containers. Both commute to work in the Kansas City area and said they didn't want to wait until the next day to fill up.

"There's quite a few stations in the Kansas City area that have already raised gas to five dollars a gallon," he said.

Meanwhile, Tonganoxie police officers were called at about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon to direct traffic on U.S. Highway 24-40. The reason gasoline lines. In the east part of Tonganoxie, the lines of cars waiting for gas blocked Ridge Street. Heavy traffic stalled motorists at the intersection of U.S. 24-40 and Fourth Street.

Moore said he wasn't totally surprised by the gas lines.

"I said when I came in here at 11 this morning that we'd have a rush on gas," Moore said. "It's happened."

Mike Vestal, Tonganoxie Police dispatcher, said at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday that officers were patrolling county gas stations to monitor any gas gouging.

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