Gina Loera, 61, rode her bike to a retailer close to downtown in San Antonio along with her canine, Sandy, driving alongside in a basket carrying sun shades. “It’s a Texas establishment,” she stated.

Her husband, she stated, works in an H-E-B warehouse, loading vehicles. “They do quite a bit for individuals right here in Texas,” Ms. Loera stated. “They’re good to their workers, too — good raises, good well being care. They’ve their very own medical doctors, too. Their very own clinics right here on the town.”

Brock Sol stated he was drawn to the shop by the costs. “I’m homeless so it’s powerful to search out issues low cost to eat,” Mr. Sol, 43, stated. “We’ve acquired to purchase issues simple to open, lots of pop tops. I don’t like going to comfort shops as a result of they’re so costly.”

Nonetheless, restocking after the storm has been powerful.

“You needed to come early and are available repeatedly,” Robert Diaz, 64, stated after leaving a retailer. “They hold stocking the shop as quickly because the vehicles got here in. Individuals took every part.”

The cabinets in lots of shops had been gentle on stock, if not solely naked, particularly for water. In a retailer filled with clients within the Las Palmas neighborhood of San Antonio, notices warned that folks might solely take two gallons of water. “Limits are non permanent and crucial for you and your neighbors to search out the merchandise you want,” an indication stated.

Lala Bayramov confirmed up on the retailer in a determined seek for a cake for her son’s first birthday. “Proper now, I’m simply on the lookout for any cake,” she stated as she walked in from the parking zone.

A couple of minutes later, she walked out with one. It was small and plain, with simply white frosting. But it surely was precisely what she wanted.

David Montgomery reported from Austin, Rick Rojas from Nashville, and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio from San Antonio. James Dobbins contributed reporting from San Antonio.

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