Fighting Over Fuel & Power Slowly Restored in NYC
Four days in and everything points to many more days of frustration and fear for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which is second only to Katrina for damage caused in the U.S.
The death toll has now reached 98 with 40 of them in New York City and there will likely be more as rescue and recovery teams reach areas that have so far not been reachable.
Con Ed, the electric company for New York, says power to lower Manhattan and other parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn which have wiring underground should all be back up by Saturday. As for the rest of the system, well 10-thousand of wires are down on the ground and it's going to take until the weekend of November 10th to get power restored.
Hydro One is sending 145 employees and vehicles to help out in Massachusetts.
The lack of power is what is causing most of the grief because it means no food, not many restaurants around and many gas stations are closed because the pumps don't work without electricity.
However, there are some gas stations that are open, and the fight for fuel is getting nasty. Motorists are waiting in line-ups that are three to four hours long to fuel up.
New York City authorities say a motorist was arrested after he tried to cut in line at a gas station in Queens early Thursday and pointed a pistol at another motorist who complained.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 35-year-old Sean Bailey, of Queens, was arrested on charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. It wasn't clear whether he had a lawyer.
Damage from the storm has forced many gas stations to close and has disrupted fuel deliveries, causing long lines at the gas stations that remained open.
(files by AP, and D. Agar)