Jordan Orta found herself sleeping in her car last night with her two-year-old son because it got so cold without power inside her home in San Antonio, Texas.
“A lot of people are losing water in my area and were told that they would be shutting water off for the whole city with no idea when it would be back so we filled up pitchers and tubs of water,” she told CNN. “I went to HEB yesterday and there was no water left so if we lose water it’s all we got until who knows when.”
Orta got power back briefly this morning and were able to briefly warm up until it was shut off again around 8:45 a.m. CT.
“We were without power from Monday morning until about 9 a.m. Tuesday. Then lost it again at 1 p.m. Tuesday, got it back at about 8 pm and then lost it again for night until 5 a.m.,” she said.
“We have a gas stove so we’ve been able to warm up leftovers and cook what we have,” Orta said.
The pair have been eating lots of sandwiches, she said. Her son “doesn’t really know anything is wrong, bless his heart. All he knows is that sometimes the lights don’t work and we have to use the flashlight to go potty. It’s amazing and sad at the same time.”
“He’s not really cold because he’s a busy body and he’s fully dressed. He still wants to go outside and play in what’s left of the snow," she said.
“HEB shelves were bare like this was the store of Covid again,” she added. “No meat, barely any non-perishables left. The lines were all the way down aisles and wrapped around some stores.”
Orta shared the following photos of how they are conserving water.
Orta spoke with CNN's Brianna Keilar. Watch the interview: