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Texans struggle to find food and shelter after deadly winter storm

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Texans whose homes were damaged in a deadly winter storm are having a difficult time finding new housing in an already tight market. There's also a tremendous need for food. Janet Shamlian shares the latest.

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NORAH O'DONNELL: And we learned today that President Biden and First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, will head to Texas on Friday to survey the damage from last week's historic storm. Many in the state are still struggling to find food and water and somewhere to stay. CBS' Janet Shamlian reports from Houston.

JANET SHAMLIAN: Texas has thawed but families like the Elsner's are frozen out of the housing market.

MALORI ELSNER: The ceiling came down all across here.

JANET SHAMLIAN: Forced to find a new rental after their pipes burst.

MALORI ELSNER: It seems like the houses are going away as we're driving up to them, in some cases. Everybody wants a home.

JANET SHAMLIAN: The market was already tight. Demand skyrocketed after the storm.

MALORI ELSNER: Prices are going up and we're having to expand our budget and our circle of where we want to live in order to find something.

JANET SHAMLIAN: Housing isn't the only shortage. There's still a tremendous need for food here. This is Operation Barbecue and today they will hand out to people who need it, more than 3,000 lunches.

MALE: Make sure it's all real.

JANET SHAMLIAN: At the Houston Food Bank, the nation's largest, they're giving out almost twice as much food per day, compared to the start of the pandemic.

MALE #2: When you have an economic loss like this with the burst pipes, the loss of food in the refrigerator, the lost income for a week, those are the families that we're overwhelmingly seeing now.

JANET SHAMLIAN: And as they work around the clock here at the Houston Food Bank tonight, there is news on ERCOT. That's the organization that controls the Texas power grid. Four board members are resigning, all of them live out of state. Norah?

NORAH O'DONNELL: That's big news. Janet Shamlian. Thank you.