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

Her husband, she mentioned, works in an H-E-B warehouse, loading vehicles. “They do quite a bit for folks right here in Texas,” Ms. Loera mentioned. “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 mentioned he was drawn to the shop by the costs. “I’m homeless so it’s robust to search out issues low-cost to eat,” Mr. Sol, 43, mentioned. “We’ve obtained to purchase issues simple to open, a variety 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 robust.

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

The cabinets in lots of shops had been mild on stock, if not totally naked, particularly for water. In a retailer full of prospects within the Las Palmas neighborhood of San Antonio, notices warned that individuals might solely take two gallons of water. “Limits are non permanent and mandatory for you and your neighbors to search out the merchandise you want,” an indication mentioned.

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 mentioned 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. However it 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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