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Cars line up outside only open gas station in Crowley

Posted at 6:51 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 19:51:30-04

Another major issue caused by Hurricane Laura? A sudden demand for gasoline.

Cars were lined up Thursday evening outside a gas station off I-10 in Crowley - the only station open in the city.

The Rice Palace Exit 80 Travel Plaza is running off a generator, so they are the only ones with gas and electricity. Cars lined up for gas, wrapping around the side of the building and down the road.

The station has two separate lines - one for gas, one for food. The station has seen cars from all over, including emergency vehicles.

Owner L.J. Gielin says his store being open is an example of what commonly happens after difficulty here in the south - community.

"You got to make do. After Rita, Lake Charles, Cameron, everything south rebounded so fast," said Gielin. "The people work together and they don't depend on anyone else. Be resilient."

Gielin says running out of gas is a possibility, but they should be fine for several more hours as they are waiting on a truck to refill the pumps.

Crowley remains largely without power Thursday evening.

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