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 stated.

Her husband, she stated, works in an H-E-B warehouse, loading vehicles. “They do loads for folks right here in Texas,” Ms. Loera stated. “They’re good to their staff, 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 seek out issues low-cost to eat,” Mr. Sol, 43, stated. “We’ve received to purchase issues simple to open, numerous 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 time and again,” Robert Diaz, 64, stated after leaving a retailer. “They maintain stocking the shop as quickly because the vehicles got here in. Folks took every part.”

The cabinets in lots of shops had been mild on stock, if not solely naked, particularly for water. In a retailer filled with prospects within the Las Palmas neighborhood of San Antonio, notices warned that individuals might solely take two gallons of water. “Limits are momentary and obligatory for you and your neighbors to seek 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 in search of 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. 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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