The Texas snowstorm is affecting these former San Diego residents


Much of the state of Texas is nonetheless grappling with an intense snow storm. Some Texans have been at the hours of darkness since Sunday, together with a Fallbrook army household.

SAN DIEGO — Connie Saniel from Fallbrook says as soon as her San Antonio residence lost energy in the course of the night time, she and her 5 youngsters awoke freezing.

“We all slept in the same bed and just slept in layers and sweatshirts and blankets,” Saniel mentioned whereas carrying a turtleneck layered together with her U.S. Navy sweatshirt.

Saniel says having no electrical energy has been powerful, however the worst is not having operating water, particularly as her sailor husband serves the nation out of state.

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“Right now that we have power, we have been boiling snow in pots on the stove to have water because we have no water either. Our pipes are frozen, and we need to flush toilets and take showers.”

One of her Saniel’s sons made it to the grocery retailer and located empty cabinets and crowds of chilly individuals.

“They said there’s a line of about 150 people outside the store apparently who need supplies,” Saniel mentioned.

In Austin, Fadi El-Assad mentioned he measured about seven inches of snow, and in his 17 years within the metropolis, he says he has by no means seen something like this newest snow storm. 

“We heard we were going to get some snow, but we didn’t know it was going to be like this, we’re really unprepared for stuff like this in Texas, we don’t have salt trucks, and we don’t have snow plows,” El-Assad mentioned.

El-Assad mentioned he took the break day as an actual property residence inspector and lead guitarist for Texas-based punk rock band The Riverboat Gamblers. He says his mom’s energy is out, so he has to courageous the slick roads to select her up.  

Half of his Austin neighborhood is with out energy whereas the opposite half has it, so El-Assad  mentioned he is been serving to others by permitting them to return over and cost their telephones. 

Saniel says the chilly snap has began a bartering system inside her San Antonio neighborhood regardless of the pandemic.

“All the neighbors are sharing issues like we ran out of wooden, and we bartered with the neighbor who wanted milk,” Saniel mentioned.

Pharmacist Dr. Derrick Foster in San Antonio says he barely made it residence at night time after driving on the snow-covered roads to get residence. The energy at his condo complicated has been on and off once more.

Award-winning journey blogger Matt Kepnes has been at the hours of darkness for days in Austin, and by Tuesday, there was no change.

“As of right now, there’s still no power, in my part of Austin and 42 percent they say is powerless. It’s pretty life changing, you know, I came down south to avoid this weather,” mentioned Kepnes the Boston-native who moved to Texas 5 years in the past from New York.

Known on-line as “Nomadic Matt,” Kepnes says he is being simply that by bouncing from his good friend’s locations to make use of their electrical energy.

“With more snow on the way, I think I might not have power at all this week, which does impact me a lot because I work online. I’ll just be sheltering here. It’s the first time I’ve ever broken out the scarf in Texas,” Kepnes mentioned.

Waiting this blizzard out, former San Diegan Saniel says she and her household will stay grateful.

“We’re still kind of counting our blessings, but yes, I’m very jealous for everyone in California and not having to deal with this right now, it’s a little crazy,” Saniel mentioned.


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