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 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 rather a lot 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 docs, 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 search out issues low cost to eat,” Mr. Sol, 43, mentioned. “We’ve received to purchase issues straightforward 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 many times,” Robert Diaz, 64, mentioned after leaving a retailer. “They hold stocking the shop as quickly because the vans got here in. Individuals took every part.”

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