Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Lending a hand

Local petroleum company sends truck to New Jersey

There may be more than a thousand miles between Minden and New Jersey, but that didn't stop one local business from lending a hand when Hurricane Sandy roared ashore and leveled the Garden State.

Locally-owned Waller Petroleum provided a fueling truck and fuel to the people of the New York/New Jersey area in the days following the mega storm that left a wide swath of destruction in its wake.

"It was a mobile fueling station," said Jesse Waller, proprietor of Waller Petroleum. "They used it in New Jersey to move around from place to place and refuel."

As the storm approached, Waller said he was contacted by a friend who runs a disaster relief organization in south Louisiana.

"They work in hurricane and natural disaster relief," Waller said. "Whenever a natural disaster occurs, they mobilize and head that way."

All of their trucks were in use, Waller said, leaving a hole in their disaster response effort.

"They contacted me and asked if we had a truck we could send," Waller said. "And we did. We just had one sitting on our lot not getting use. So I rigged it out for them, and they sent a driver to pick it up and drive it to New Jersey."

Waller said it felt good to help the citizens of the affected area, and that the driver had some interesting tales to tell upon his return.

Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine and west across the Appalachian Mountains to Michigan and Wisconsin, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York. Its storm surge hit New York City on October 29, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the city.

New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that Hurricane Sandy was in some ways even worse than Hurricane Katrina, as he announced the state would seek $42 billion in federal disaster aid.






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