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One crisis is ending, but another begins in Texas. People are in desperate need of water, food and shelter, and there are ways you can help; CBS2's Alice Gainer reports.

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- As we mentioned earlier, one crisis is ending but another begins in Texas.

- People are in desperate need of water, food, and shelter. CBS 2's Alice Gainer reports on ways you can help.

ALICE GAINER: Nearly half of Texas is under a boil water advisory from overwhelmed water systems and leaking pipes due to the cold. Some are even boiling snow. There was a line of cars in Houston at a drive-through bottled water distribution site. At many food stores, empty shelves. FEMA is in Texas providing generators, water, diesel fuel, and blankets, among other things.

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez tweeted that so far she's helped raise $2 million in direct donations for nine different organizations for food, housing, and elder care. The American Red Cross is asking for donations through its website.

AMY RAGAN: This is especially hard for those low-income families who were already struggling.

ALICE GAINER: The Houston Food Bank is also asking for contributions.

AMY RAGAN: Funding from the residents and citizens of New York would be really helpful. For every dollar donated to our food bank, we can provide three meals.

ALICE GAINER: World Central Kitchen is feeding people in vulnerable communities, too.

- Hang on, Mama. You're going to be OK, I promise.

ALICE GAINER: And don't forget the animals.

DR. ELLEN JEFFERSON: We're also dealing with the aftermath of people who've left their pets outside.

ALICE GAINER: Dr. Ellen Jefferson is president and CEO of Austin Pets Alive. She says money donated goes toward shelter repairs for broken pipes and supplies like blankets, heating devices, food, water, and also transport costs.

DR. ELLEN JEFFERSON: We are working with shelters in Texas that have lost so much of their shelter space that they are considering euthanasia on entry, because they don't have anywhere to house animals, even for a few hours. And so we're trying to get those animals to safety.

ALICE GAINER: Many organizations allow you to designate what exactly your money will go towards. They say any amount helps. Alice Gainer, CBS 2 News.

- And for a list of ways to help, we've got links for you on our website, cbsnewyork.com. It is desperate.

- It really is.