Long lines form as people get desperate for gas after Hurricane Ida

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"We've witnessed some interesting things at these pumps."

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Since Hurricane Ida hit, gas has been hard to get a hold of. Many are filling up when they can to make sure cars and generators stay up and running.

“Since yesterday, I drove to Gonzales, I’ve been to Central, I’ve been to Perkins Rd., I’ve been everywhere I could think of. I happened to be riding today and saw this line, so I got in line,” said Baton Rouge resident John Wells.

Gas stations across the capital area ran out of fuel, just as quickly as they received it.

When people did find gas at a station, they waited in long lines, hoping to get some before it ran out.

“This was the first time that I came across a station that seemed to have gas,” said Wells.

Many people were frustrated and tired looking for fuel causing tensions to rise at the gas pumps.

A heated situation occurred while people were waiting for gas after one person drove off after stealing another person’s filled gas can right off of their truck.

While some were able to fill up their tanks like Wells, others like Alcide Simmons left the long lines empty-handed.

“As we got closer to the pump, the attendant informed us that they closed up their pumps and were all out. I’m a little frustrated, but we’re just going to keep trying and stay patient,” said Simmons.

“I think that the most important piece is just to, be patient. I know tempers are kind of flared, folks are frustrated, but you just have to, you know, keep it cool,” he added.

This gas shortage extends all across southern Louisiana as many are still left with no power.

No one knows when this issue will clear up, however many are hoping these conditions start to improve soon.

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