Utica area natives battling Texas winter storm

Some local New Yorkers moved to Texas and are currently recovering from a winter storm.

Posted: Feb 19, 2021 6:21 PM

Here in New York we're used to seeing the snow, but imagine seeing a scene like this in Texas. Some local New Yorkers moved down to Texas and were dealing with the winter storm. We spoke to them about their struggles.

A former Sauquoit resident, Nicole Baur, now lives in Killeen Texas. Mrs. Baur said "Growing up in New York it's not that bad, but the houses aren't built to keep the heat in. I've been without water for two days now. We have heat luckily, so I'm fortunate we have heat and we only lost power for a few minutes. So we do have heat. I have coworkers in Austin, they've been without electric or water for four or five days now."

This extreme cold has put a thick layer of ice on the road, making it hard to go anywhere. A former Ilion resident, Jasmine Barnes, now lives in Dallas Texas. Mrs. Barnes says the roads are dangerous, "It's really icy. We actually just got stuck and had to pull back in. This is just all thick ice. And it's super slippery. And of course we don't have like boots and salt and shovels and stuff down here. So it's pretty much a New York winter without all of the New York necessities."

These icy roads have caused numerous accidents and to make matters worse, many traffic lights don't work. A former Whitesboro resident, Jennifer Atanasoff, now lives in Frisco Texas. Mrs. Atanasoff says the city has been busy where she lives, "I've just been hearing sirens like since Monday probably. The fire department, the ambulance, police. It's not just accidents, there's also pipes bursting, fire sprinklers bursting, which are causing a lot of flooding. So it's just been nonstop."

People's homes were destroyed from bursting pipes. But the weather warms up next week and hopefully more people will get their water and power restored.

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