Drivers Thirsty for Gas After Blackout

Many report seeing cars stranded on the side of the freeways

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    People across the county camped out at gas stations waiting for fuel. (Published Friday, Sep 9, 2011)

    San Diego's drivers are dealing with unusually long lines at area gas stations after Thursday's power outage.

    Erin Bennett of Mission Valley made it to the Costco gas station in Mission Valley this morning - but just barely.

    San Diegans on the Hunt for Gas

    [DGO] San Diegans on the Hunt for Gas
    People across the county camped out at gas stations waiting for fuel. (Published Friday, Sep 9, 2011)

    Bennet was like hundreds of San Diegans running on fumes when power was cut off at the gas pumps, he said.

    "I thought I was gonna run out of gas," said Bennett. "I ended up getting home last night and barely made it to the gas station."

    The Mission Valley Costco station opened at 6 a.m. and within an hour lines were five cars deep, according to a attendant directing traffic. Cars curled out of the gas station property and around to Fenton Parkway.

    "I stopped at three different places and everywhere has been packed," said Aimee Lebel.

    Airport Back in Business

    [DGO] Airport Back in Business
    On Friday, passengers were hopeful to get a flight out amid the county power outage. (Published Friday, Sep 9, 2011)

    Long lines aside, those waiting to get gas were lucky to have made it at all.

    Along Interstate 15 and Highway 163, there were many cars stranded on the side of the freeway as of Friday mroning. Presumably, they ran out of gas.

    Lesson learned for Bob Seegmiller, who said, "Never let your car go beloe a quarter of a tank."