Gas Frenzy Hits Bryan/College Station

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Over one million Texas customers are without electricity. It's the unfortunate norm in the Houston area and for a big portion of the Brazos Valley.

Since there's no power, there's also no fuel. That has brought hundreds of hurricane evacuees and residents from surrounding areas to Bryan-College Station.

So, if you're looking to fill-up, you'll need luck. Monday night News Three found that many gas stations in B-CS are out of gas.

Jason Taylor made the trip from Conroe to Bryan for fuel.

"There's no gas in Conroe," Taylor said.

Taylor and his family have been without electricity since Ike hit

"We have a generator and we're running power in the house with a generator and we're filling up the truck also," Taylor said.

Taylor is not the only one making the trip to Bryan and College Station to fill-up. Dennis Ferguson came from Richards for a hot meal and a tank of gas.

"There are long lines there," Ferguson said. "We're not getting any gas over that way."

Dozens of motorists lined up, some even went station to station before finding the right spot.

"We had to follow the tanker," one Houston resident said. "When he made a stop, we followed him."

That turned out to be a good idea.

News Three went around Bryan and College Station looking for gas. Most stations we found were out of fuel. Some stations had fuel, but the lines were long

"It's crazy, absolutely crazy," Ferguson said.

If the gas frenzy continues, you'll probably see more "out of gas" signs.

"It makes you realize what you have when you have power and gas, the luxuries of life," Taylor said.

Gas stations weren't the only hot spot in town Monday night. Restaurants were also full.

We're told those without power are heading to Bryan and College Station for a hot meal and a cool room.

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