Texas Blackouts Hit Minority Neighborhoods Especially Hard

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So he stayed a second evening, uncertain when, precisely, he’ll return dwelling. “They got plenty of people to fix all this stuff, but I don’t know what’s going on,” he stated with a shrug.

At a 7-Eleven gasoline station on the sting of the West Side, one of many few gasoline stations open, automobiles lined up down the road to buy gas. Inside, a lot of the snacks and bottled water have been gone. And the shop’s pipes have been frozen.

Under Interstate 37, lower than a mile from downtown, about 20 tents protected a number of the metropolis’s most weak residents, the homeless, from the lethal chilly. They stood in teams round camp fires fueled by wooden from a Christian ministry throughout the road.

But a burst pipe meant that the ministry couldn’t provide the showers that it often does. Tonight, a Baptist church close by is organising a short lived shelter.

Desiree Lee Garcia Curry, 37, stated she would sleep within the tent metropolis after dropping a room at a lodge. A number of nights in the past, she slept underneath a tarp as ice amassed on the bottom.

“The hotel let us stay for a full day but then threw me and my roommate out,” she stated. “I lost half my stuff.”

Greg Woodard has a tent right here, too. Five days in the past, when the polar vortex descended on South Texas, the 39-year-old thought-about taking shelter at one other church close by. But he wasn’t allowed to carry his books. He research on the Alamo City Barber College. “I decided to take my chances out in the cold,” he stated.

James Dobbins reported from San Antonio, and Hiroko Tabuchi from New York.

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