New Yorkers In Texas Trying To Ride Out Deadly Winter Storm

Millions of people in Texas are still without power and water because of the deadly winter disaster slamming much of the Midwest. Among them are several current and former New Yorkers trying their best to ride out the storm; CBS2's Jessica Moore reports.

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KRISTINE JOHNSON: Day four the deadly winter disaster slamming much of the Midwest, with Texas has hit especially hard.

MAURICE DUBOIS: Millions of people still without power and water, and among them several current and former New Yorkers who are trying their best to ride it out. CBS2's Jessica Moore reports.

JESSICA MOORE: It's being called a full on humanitarian crisis.

- This is worse than Harvey, and we lost everything.

JESSICA MOORE: Widespread power outages, a statewide food shortage, and millions of people without heat and water fighting to survive in their own homes as ice and snow blanket the state.

ADAM LEVINSON: It's a complete catastrophe what's happened in the last week here.

JESSICA MOORE: Adam Levinson, a Texas transplant from New Rochelle, has been without power for four days, using his car to warm up and charge his electronics.

KIMBERLY FLEARY: You can't go to the store and go buy a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk because the shelves are wiped clean.

JESSICA MOORE: Kimberly Fleary, a nurse from Brooklyn, moved to Texas in 2018 to escape the brutal Northeast winters. This week, she, her husband, and four young children moved in with her parents and brother to ride out the storm.

KIMBERLY FLEARY: We ended up going to four different gas stations just to get one gallon of milk.

JESSICA MOORE: Dr. Niket Sonpal, a gastroenterologist in Brooklyn, was down in Austin visiting family when the storm hit.

NIKET SONPAL: People are sleeping on the floors. I have friends who are basically six or eight to an apartment.

JESSICA MOORE: Texas has its own power grid that is not federally managed, which means it can't borrow power from other states in an emergency. ERCOT, the company that runs the power grid, says it was forced to perform rolling blackouts to avoid a collapse of the entire system.

ADAM LEVINSON: It's hard to comprehend that in the 21st century that people are literally waiting outside of, you know, hoses in the middle of the street trying to fill up buckets of water.

JESSICA MOORE: At least 38 deaths are now being blamed on the storm, with many people dying from carbon monoxide poisoning as they use their cars inside closed garages to try to stay warm. Jessica Moore, CBS2 News.