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Diana addresses Orange County's gas and power problems

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How much longer will this "gas crunch" last? That's a question Orange County Executive Ed Diana attempted to answer Friday. Our Christian Farrell has the story.

GOSHEN, N.Y. -- It's going to get better. Just about everybody believes that. But there seems to be real worry now in the Hudson Valley as to when this gas crisis ends?

"We believe there's relief. But I think that relief could be longer than people could imagine or think," said Orange County Executive Ed Diana.

Diana stopped short of saying exactly how much longer residents would have to wait in line Friday to pump gas or get their power back on. But what Diana did say is "gas up" whenever you have the chance.

"Even if the line is an hour wait and you can get it, go in the line for an hour and get it and keep your cars filled as much as you can," said Diana.

According to Diana the situation is improving slowly. Fuel tankers are once again making their way up the Hudson River. Debris in the river had kept tankers from traveling north.

And when it came to power or restoring power, Diana says about 60 percent of county residents have had theirs turned back on. But he says his office continues to monitor that situation very closely.

"The first thing they have to do is get all those substations working. Once they see that, then they know through their grids and all, what's next," said Diana.

Back at the pump, drivers like this man from Tuxedo Park continue to fill up more than just their vehicles. Gas is also needed to power generators.

"No power for two weeks. It's not looking good for us. It's not looking good."

Right now, it certainly doesn't. But you've got to believe it's going to get better.

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