Gina Loera, 61, rode her bike to a retailer close to downtown in San Antonio together with her canine, Sandy, driving 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 vans. “They do so much for individuals 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 powerful to seek out issues low-cost to eat,” Mr. Sol, 43, mentioned. “We’ve bought to purchase issues simple to open, quite a lot 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, mentioned after leaving a retailer. “They preserve stocking the shop as quickly because the vans got here in. Individuals took every part.”

The cabinets in lots of shops had been mild on stock, if not fully 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 short-term and essential for you and your neighbors to seek 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 searching for any cake,” she mentioned as she walked in from the car 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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