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Texas Winter Storm: What to Know


Without water and after days of power outages, many Texans have lost perishable food and are struggling to get more.

Many grocery stores have been picked clean or have been closed, and food banks are handing out food as quickly as they can.

More than 500 cars lined up on Friday morning at the headquarters of the San Antonio Food Bank, which hoped to distribute 100,000 pounds of food and water over the weekend. At the site, volunteers and members of the Texas National Guard assessed pallets of bread, peanut butter, cakes, potatoes, onions, watermelon and other fresh produce, readying the food for residents hit hard by blackouts.

The two largest public school districts in Texas will be closed for several days after the storm and the ensuing chaos, officials said, and several other school buildings have been damaged, delaying in-person and virtual classes.

The Houston Independent School District, the state’s largest, said it would be closed until Wednesday, when virtual learning will resume, followed by in-person learning on March 1. Dallas Independent School District, the state’s second-largest, will also be closed on Monday and Tuesday as crews clean up water damage and repair pipes, the district said.

Near Fort Worth, the Arlington Independent School District said 26 school campuses had been damaged, some of which were having flooding and boiler issues. But the superintendent vowed that remote classes would begin on Wednesday as well.

“Mother Nature dealt us a hard blow,” Marcelo Cavazos, the superintendent, said in a statement. “We know our families and our teachers are facing many of the same challenges at their homes. We want everyone to take Monday and Tuesday of next week to focus on their needs.”

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