Few gas stations remain open; motorists should prepare for long lines

January 19, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4:35 p.m. Jan. 19, 2012

The search for gasoline to fuel generators and top off gas tanks often ended at closed gas stations or in long lines Thursday afternoon, as gas stations in Issaquah and the surrounding area closed amid a regional power outage and icy conditions.

Few gas stations remained open after a major snowstorm and subsequent ice storm cut power to about 200,000 customers in Western Washington, including more than 18,000 customers in the Issaquah area. (Customers can check Puget Sound Energy’s service map for detailed outage information.)

The Grange Supply, 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd., near downtown Issaquah remained open Thursday afternoon, although customers encountered long lines.

In unincorporated Klahanie just outside city limits, the Klahanie Service Center and Chevron gas station, 4598 Klahanie Drive S.E., also remained open to customers. Employees plan to keep the station open for as long as weather permits, a clerk said Thursday afternoon.

The gas station at Costco, 1801 10th Ave. N.W., is open, although patrons need to be warehouse club members to fuel up at the popular filling station.

(Employees at other gas stations in the Issaquah area could not be reached Thursday afternoon.)

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