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

Her husband, she stated, works in an H-E-B warehouse, loading vehicles. “They do rather a lot 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 robust to search out issues low-cost to eat,” Mr. Sol, 43, stated. “We’ve acquired to purchase issues straightforward 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, stated after leaving a retailer. “They maintain stocking the shop as quickly because the vehicles got here in. Individuals took the whole lot.”

The cabinets in lots of shops had been mild on stock, if not completely naked, particularly for water. In a retailer filled with clients within the Las Palmas neighborhood of San Antonio, notices warned that folks may solely take two gallons of water. “Limits are short-term and mandatory 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 searching 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. Nevertheless 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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