UTICA, N.Y. - As much of Texas continues to struggle from the effects of this past week's unusual winter storm, we spoke with two natives of the Mohawk Valley on Saturday who are living in Texas and whom are both still without power.
First, David Hoy, who grew up in Herkimer and moved to the Dallas area in 2014.
Hoy says his parents, who now live in Marcy, are worried about him, his wife and their 2-year-old son, David Jr., "My parents have been keeping in touch with me constantly. They were pretty relieved when they found out that we were going to stay with some some friends down here that had some power because I have a two-year-old son."
Hoy is a police officer with the small Dallas suburb of Itasca.
Hoy and his family are still without power nearly a week after the huge storm that first dumped ice, then between 6 and 8 inches of snow on top of it, and they are still staying with friends in a town called Temple, Jordan says one of the only areas around Dallas that got its power back quickly.
Hoy says no one could have ever expected what happened, "Generally speaking we get maybe once or twice we'll get a couple inches of snow and then other than that and it’s gone in an hour. We have no snow removal, none. Most people down here don’t know what a snow plow is. We're just not prepared for something like this, this doesn’t happen, so the roads stay impassible because we have no plows, we have no salt, we don’t have anything like that, so we just wait for it to melt."
Nicholas German meanwhile graduated from New Hartford High School in 2011. He's a classically trained pianist, and after graduating with dual master's degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, he took a job as an elementary school music teacher in the Dallas suburb of Irving and loves his job and the area.
German's parents, Ron and Sandy German still live in New Hartford and have also been in constant contact with their son.
German says the complex he was living in is still without power and he and his 5 month old Great Dane named Henry are continuing to stay with friends who have power, but no water, just like half of the population in the entire state.
German says he just got word Saturday morning that there's a chance the power at his complex could be turned back on as early as today, so he and Henry may be able to return, but still without any running water, "Your top need is, do I have water to drink? And so a lot of us have been rushing to the stores and getting into accidents and what not, but luckily I grew up in Upstate New York and I know how to drive in this."
German says the school district he teaches in closed last Monday and will remain closed until at least this Tuesday.
He says one thing that has really helped him get through this past week, the love he's felt from those more than 1,500 miles away here in the Mohawk Valley, "People from home in New York been checking in on me constantly, like hey, is everything OK? I just want to thank everybody for that."