Texas Winter Storm: what you need to know

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Without water and after days of power outages, many Texans have lost perishables and are struggling to get more.

Many grocery stores have been cleaned up or closed, and food banks are distributing food as quickly as possible.

More than 500 cars lined up on Friday morning at the headquarters of the San Antonio food bank, which hoped to distribute 100,000 pounds of food and water over the weekend. At the site, volunteers and members of the Texas National Guard assessed pallets of bread, peanut butter, cakes, potatoes, onions, watermelon and other fresh produce, preparing food for residents hard hit by power outages.

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Texas’ two largest public school districts will be closed for days after the storm and subsequent chaos, officials said, and several other school buildings were damaged, delaying in-person and virtual classes.

The Houston Independent School District, the largest in the state, said it will be closed until Wednesday, when virtual learning resumes, followed by in-person learning on March 1. The Dallas Independent School District, the second largest in the state, will also be closed on Monday and Tuesday, as crews clean up water damage and repair pipes, the district said.

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Near Fort Worth, the Arlington Independent School District said 26 school campuses were damaged, some of which had flooding and boiler problems. But the superintendent vowed that the distance courses would also begin on Wednesday.

“Mother Nature has dealt us a hard blow,” Marcelo Cavazos, the superintendent, said in a statement. “We know our families and teachers face many of the same challenges at home. We want everyone to take advantage of Monday and Tuesday of next week to focus on their needs. “

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