Power back on for former San Diegans in Texas


SAN DIEGO — After surviving a second spherical of snow in San Antonio, army mom of 5 Connie Saniel is grateful for energy and water.

This morning we woke up and we had both, and it was like Christmas morning today, Saniel said.

The Saniel family from Fallbrook had a snowball fight in Texas, but now that the power has been on, supplies are still scarce.

“Everyone’s trying to get gas, everyone’s trying to get food that they have been out of in the last couple of days, and it’s selling out just as quickly as they are getting it in,” Saniel mentioned.

In East Texas, former San Diegan John Culea is thawing out from the storm.

“Patti and I have been with out electrical energy for about 26 hours, we had no water,” Culea mentioned.

Viewers might bear in mind Culea’s acquainted face as a TV reporter and anchor proper right here on News 8 from 1980 to 2000. John and his wife Patti left America’s Finest City for Lufkin, Texas.

“When we left San Diego, I told people this was not in my contract,” Culea joked. “I was expecting hot weather, but not this.”

Culea certainly did not sign up for the series of snow that he feels local leaders were not prepared for.

“Frankly it has been a catastrophe, Texas bragged about being an power chief, so quite a lot of them are consuming crow at the moment as a result of they didn’t handle this nicely in any respect,” Culea mentioned.

His response to Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s household getaway to Cancun was that it “was an unfortunate decision, and I know that he regrets it.”

Despite the record cold, he was inspired by the warmth of Texas hospitality.

“We did not come prepared, we didn’t have a supply of wood, so the neighbors gave us some wood. It epitomizes there is something about Texans who come together in a special way,” Culea mentioned.

With practically half of Texas below a boil-water advisory on account of frozen and damaged pipes, Saniel’s household isn’t take any possibilities.


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