It's been three days now with no power and my front porch looks like a Geek Squader's basement.
I put out a couple power strips on the porch so neighbors could plug in their cell phones to charge and so now there are cell phones all lined up getting charged. Down to just one now but it's been as many as six-eight out there. Also I've given out several butane cans to folk that have little camp stoves and on Coleman Propane bottle to a neighbor who had a camp stove but no propane.
For Christmas this year I gave my sister a big heavy weighted blanket and a butane one burner stove. Here apartment is all electric and in her area it's not just no power but they are also under a "Boil the Water" alert. That just ain't happening when there is no electricity.
No idea when power will return and the local Charter/Spectrum cable tv/internet/phone folk are down and will not even begin restoring service until the power is back. I'm using my cell phone as a hot spot to get internet service but boy is it slow and laggy.
The Mission water supply is fine. We never lost pressure and the plant is winterized. Even when the power was out all over we never had a water issue. Edinburg (next town over) is under a boil alert still.
The deep freeze this year reached even farther south to the other side of the river where many homes are even less prepared. The Valley (both sides of the river) is not really a valley at all but rather a vast flood plain and delta. There are remnants of the old river channels all over the area. But in Texas there has also been a strong belief that government, Federal, State, City, County should not interfere with freedom so our zoning and building codes are pretty much what existed back in the 1930s. Building new homes on concrete slabs in flood prone areas is general practice. It's funny in a way since the much older settler homes that still exist in many of those areas or did until they were torn down to build new expensive homes would have all been raised above flood level and most often irrigated by controlled canal flooding. In the flooding last year from summer storms quite a few of the most hard hit areas were new higher end communities.