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Transportation Chaos Snarls New York

Transportation Chaos Snarls New York


Airdate: 11/01/2012

Tempers fray as New York is plunged into chaos. INSIDE EDITION's Diane McInerney found one driver shouting to another, "Get in front of me. Get in front of me. If it makes you happy, get in front of me!"

"Don't jump the line!" shouted another driver.

There are epic, once-in-a-lifetime lines to fill up at the handful of gas stations that remain open.

"It's pandemonium," said one driver.

Many people everywhere along the East Coast are desperate for gas.

"It took me two hours to get here from Hoboken. I got no gas," said one frustrated resident.

One woman was using an empty detergent bottle to stock up on what has become liquid gold.

In New Jersey, 80% of the gas stations are closed.

"How long have you been waiting?" asked McInerney.

"Two hours," said the driver.

Cars with fewer than three people on board were banned from even entering the island of Manhattan. On the RFK bridge, every single car was checked for passengers, causing a huge traffic tie-up. At the George Washington Bridge, traffic into Manhattan stretched back six miles. Intersections were in total gridlock.

And there was the long line outside the new Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, but it wasn't for tickets. It was for buses. Thousands upon thousands waited for hours for buses into Manhattan.

On Live! With Kelly and Michael, Kelly Ripa reacted as they watched it live.

"Just looking at that is giving me an anxiety attack," said Ripa.

Subway service is slowly coming back, but in a limited way. The subway has been shut down since Sunday and New Yorkers are glad it's getting back on track. Manhattan's major tunnels remain closed.

INSIDE EDITION was given a tour of the Midtown Tunnel as authorities struggle to pump the water out after it was completely flooded when Hurricane Sandy came barreling in.
 






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