People line up to get gas at stations across eastern Iowa after Monday’s storm

Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 7:53 PM CDT
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ANAMOSA, Iowa (KCRG) - Marvelene Foreman traveled from Cedar Rapids to Anamosa to get gas.

She found an insane line of cars but was finally near the pump.

“I have been trying to get fuel and gas for about two and a half hours now,” she said.

But she was not only trying to fill her car’s tank. Foreman was also trying to get gas for her chainsaw to clean trees and debris in her backyard.

At another station we found Jeanette Gordon from Mount Vernon. She had been in line for more than an hour and only had an eighth of her tank left.

”It is not moving fast at all,” she said. “So I am worried that they are going to run out of gas.”

A minute after, her worst fear came true: no more gas at this station. People started venturing somewhere else to look for gas.

Even though the aftermath of the storm led some people to make long lines to get gas, others were not willing to wait that long, like Ed McNamara, who traveled to Monticello from Marion.

”This has probably been about 45 minutes,” he said. “There is other places I tried but they were lined up for miles.”

He said this station was one of his last options.

”There is nothing open where around I live in Marion, so it is pretty bad,” he said.

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