Left Without Gas

by Jessica Cervantez

Many of the evacuees driving to escape Rita are worried about their gas supply. Some have been forced to wait in line for hours to buy gas along the way. The big demand for gas is causing some problems.

Vita King, from Missouri City, is one of those stranded motorists.

She said, "My husband is stranded in the car back in Corrigan. I thumbed my way from there to Lufkin. I've got to get back to him, he's stranded with asthma."

Many evacuees like King are feeling helpless, as they try to escape the storm. Some have been forced to push their cars to gas stations, to try and fill their tanks. Others are just leaving their cars, after running out of fuel. The lines in front of gas stations often stretch for miles. In some cases, police officers are being called in, to handle the chaos.

Francis Home, from Houston, said, "We're stuck, what else can we do."

Evacuating families have been waiting up to six hours to get gas, only to find out they have put the plastic on the pump.

Paulette Williams, from Texas City, said, "The people were fighting, the police had to come in, I didn't know what was going to happen."

The managers said they had no more gas, locked up the doors, and sent their employees home.

At some gas stations around East Texas, the price of gas has jumped about $.40 per gallon this week. It is often now about $3.00 in many locations.