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Rationing prevented panic and long lines after hurricane, says mayor

Nov. 24, 2012 at 9:40 AM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that hurricane-related gas rationing in the city ended at 6 a.m. Saturday.

The city had imposed an odd-even gas selling system, based on numbers on car license plates, since Nov. 9, when about 25 percent of the city's gas stations were operational, The New York Times reported.

That figure has grown considerably. Now 85 percent of the city's gas stations are up and running, the Times said.

The mayor said the system prevented long lines at gas pumps and panic over supplies.

NBC News reported that 26,500 free Thanksgiving meals were delivered in the city to residents affected by the super storm.

About 2.7 million meals have been delivered since the hurricane struck.

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