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Clay Pots, Candles And Other Texan Tips To Manage Without Power And Water

Neidy Flores
TPR reader Neidy Flores said they've been using several clay pot and candle heaters to stay warm. 'A few years ago we actually used this inside our greenhouse and saved our plants. So far it is also saving us through this winter story,' Flores said.

While power was restored for 200,000 San Antonians on Thursday, there are still about 7,000 households in the dark because of downed lines and blown fuses. There are also many neighborhoods without access to water.

Faced with those realities, Texans are forced to prepare for the home stretch of a disastrous week. Many Texas Public Radio listeners shared how they're cooking, drinking water and staying warm throughout the outages.

If you're able to stay home rather than seek shelter elsewhere, these tips might be helpful. As always, residents should be extremely careful when using candles or other kinds of open flame indoors.

TPR also reached out to our readers on Facebook for advice on how to cook and stay comfortable without utilities.

And one submission from TikTok:

Of course many families are not able to stay home during frigid conditions. There are warming centers like the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and shelters like Corazon Ministries at Travis Park Church available to all who need it.

A full list of emergency shelters and warming resources from Corazon Ministries can be found here.

Stay safe, San Antonio.

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Bri Kirkham can be reached at bri@tpr.org or on Twitter at @BriKirk