Millions of Texans found themselves without electricity, including over 36,000 in the Corpus Christi area as AEP Texas conducted rolling outages to avoid a larger blackout.
On top of no heat in homes, the city was placed under a water boil advisory after a major water main break in the system Tuesday morning. With no power to boil water, families are facing dilemmas and searching for solutions.
James Hernandez, a resident in Annaville, has been without power for over 30 hours. His girlfriend and her three children have been bundled up in blankets and clothes, retreating to their car when it gets too cold inside their home.
As for the water boil in effect, Hernandez said he hasn’t trusted the water in town since the last water boil in 2017, so he drinks bottled water regularly.
“When we run out I’m gonna try to find some more, but I have no way to boil any water here right now,” Hernandez said.
Kimberly Choda lives in an area near McArdle and Rodd Field roads and has been without power for two days.
“It’s just me and my daughter,” Choda said. “We’ve literally just been in bed with 10 blankets trying to keep warm. The highest my thermostat has read was 44, the lowest was 30.”
Narissa Guerra lives on the Southside of Corpus Christi and fortunately has power. With four people in her household, they have been staying warm by putting their fireplace to use since their heater is on the fritz.
Trista Silva and her family of six lost power Tuesday morning. Living on the Southside as well, Silva plans on going to her in-laws’ if the power doesn’t come back on in a reasonable time.
The abrupt outages and freezing temperatures have affected Juliette Test and her husband, but being avid campers they were prepared for anything. They have been using a sleeping bag rated for -20 degree winter camping to stay warm and using a camp stove and their RV stove to cook.
Test, a resident of Flour Bluff, said the only person in her family who has power is her mother, but she doesn’t have a working heater.
“My husband and I are just roughing it for now,” Test said. “Our sleeping bag keeps us warm, but we are also different. We go camping so often and whatnot that while we are cold, we don’t have children to worry about and we have gear for the basics.”
The National Weather Service is predicting the area will reach a high of 50 degrees by Wednesday with temperatures climbing to the 70s by the weekend.
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