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Desperate for Light and Warmth, Texans See No End for Winter Storm

But then the water in Ms. Chacin’s home simply stopped flowing.

So the eight adults plus one child in her home are attempting to handle, rotating lavatory visits, flushing with water collected from outdoors or from the dwindling reservoir within the bathtub. It was getting very tiring, she mentioned.

“It’s not just you,” she mentioned. “You’re still taking on everybody else’s situation around you.” Ms. Chacin talked of her grandparents, who’re of their 90s and lost energy of their home within the Houston suburbs. They have been stranded by the icy roads, and so that they slept on a sofa in entrance of the fireside.

“I think we have the right to be angry,” she mentioned. “Why do you have to wait until things happen, and things go wrong.”

Maria Jimenez Moya reported from Houston, Campbell Robertson from Pittsburgh, and Allyson Waller from Conroe, Texas. Reporting was contributed by Marina Trahan Martinez from Austin, Texas, James Dobbins from San Antonio, Marie Fazio from Jacksonville, Fla., Will Wright and John Schwartz from New York, and Brad Plumer from Washington.