Hey, mister…where’d ya get that gas?

July 27, 2007

Last month the Houston Chronicle printed a story on the plans being made to get gas to evacuating residents. I’m wondering given the absence of articles in daily Louisiana papers if there are any plans in local parishes along the hurricane evacuation routes to get generators to those gas stations that have gas during evacuations. Here are two stories on the issue that I’ve found on line. There are no others to date that I have found. Let me know if you have found other stories on the gas lines and shortage on the Louisiana Hurricane Evacuation routes from your local parishes.

Plan aims to get gas to evacuating residents -Houston Chronicle
June 24, 2007, 3:09PM
Oil industry helped Texas craft storm strategy
Plan aims to get more gas to evacuating masses
By TERRI LANGFORD
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle
3 stations are ready to pump
Hammond Daily Star Online – By Brennan David
Monday, July 9, 2007 11:09 AM CDT

“…Cashio’s Chevron and Quinn’s Texaco Service own generators in Hammond, as well as Harris Gas and Liquor in Ponchatoula – all three were open after the hurricane hit this area Aug. 29, 2005…

In fact, all three stores claim they were the first to start their generators to supply gas.

No other gas stations have come to own generators since Katrina.

Demand for gasoline was so high at the time that the City of Hammond approached Charles Cashio of Cashio’s Chevron about opening his store. Cashio did not own a generator at the time, but he was allowed to use a welding machine that could power the pumps…”

“…Gasoline was pumped throughout the day, supplying both public, private and government vehicles by all three providers.

“The city asked if we had gas in the tank,” Cashio said. “So they let me use a welding machine. The city needed the gas to clean the streets and clean things up. I had the gas and was willing to sell it. I just needed the power.”

Cashio said once the gas was pumping, the main obstacle was to not run out of gas. If emergency vehicles needed gas in the evening, he might not have any to give.

In the week after Katrina, Cashio said times were so busy that he was asking other gas stations to open their doors to lighten the load.

Across town at Quinn’s Texaco Service, owner Davey Quinn was also open for service after Katrina, and today has the capability to power all six pumps in the event of a power outage.

“We had people from Washington Parish that needed gas to milk their cows,” Quinn said. “I gave away a lot of free gas. Some people would drive up with nothing. I would fill them up and tell them to leave.”

Like the other two owners, Quinn said a supply truck would refill the station’s empty tank each day. Everyday for almost a week Quinn ran out of gasoline but would reopen once resupplied…”


KATRINA DAYS – Traffic backs up along West Thomas Street near Quinn’s Texaco Service in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Quinn’s is one of a few service stations in the area that has a generator to power gas pumps during extended power outages. Daily Star File Photo by Kari Wheeler

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3 Responses to “Hey, mister…where’d ya get that gas?”


  1. […] Gasoline and evacuations Last month the Houston Chronicle printed a story on the plans being made to get gas to evacuating residents. I’m wondering given the absence of articles in daily Louisiana papers if there are any plans in local parishes along the hurricane evacuation routes to get generators to those gas stations that have gas during evacuations. […]

  2. louisianaquestions Says:

    I guess that the hurricane routes may still have issues in gas supply as this story was recently published three years after Hurricane Katrina.

    Jindal: State purchasing generators
    http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/27858644.html
    Gas Prices

    * Advocate Capitol News Bureau
    * Published: Sep 4, 2008 – UPDATED: 11:45 a.m.

    Gov. Bobby Jindal said this morning that the state is in the process of purchasing 400 generators to allow selected gas stations, grocery stores and pharmacies to open for business.

    Jindal said it is a stop-gap but needed measure to allow people to begin returning to a more normal life while utility companies work on getting power restored.

    The latest report from the state Public Service Commission show that some 962,000 meters remain without power, or 48 percent, Jindal said. “It’s a slight improvement over last night,” he said.

    Jindal said the utility companies have adjusted their projections from having all power restored from four weeks to three weeks. “That’s still not quickly enough,” Jindal said.

    Jindal said that’s why he has authorized state purchase of an initial 400 generators at a cost of some $20 million to provide power for essential services. Decisions on where the generators will be used will be made by parish emergency preparedness officials, he said.

    Jindal said 60 percent of the generators will be deployed to gas stations, 25 percent to grocery stores and 15 percent to pharmacies.

    Business owners will be responsible for operating, maintaining the generators as well as hooking them up and providing fuel to run them, Jindal said.

    The parishes will be responsible for getting the generators back from businesses once they are no longer needed, he said.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency may provide partial reimbursement, Jindal said, but that will be sorted out later on.

    “It’s more important to get the power as quickly as possible,” he said.

    Jindal said the state Department of Natural Resources is in the process of making the initial purchase of generators. He said up to 1,000 generators could be purchased depending on needs.

    Federal agencies will continue to process requests for generators to fuel water and sewer lift stations and other public functions under a separate program. He said 109 requests have been submitted sometimes for multiple generators.

  3. louisianaquestions Says:

    This URL from emergency.louisiana.gov has an “add a gas station link” from Sept. 9, 2008. Is this information NOW CURRENT FOR IKE?

    http://emergency.louisiana.gov/Releases/GasStations.html


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