Flood victims staying in tents fear cold snap

This week's cold snap may put many of you in the holiday spirit, but others are dreading it. Some flood victims are still living out of tents, so lower temperatures are an added challenge.

HOUSTON - This week’s cold snap may put many of you in the holiday spirit, but others are dreading it.

Some flood victims are still living out of tents, so lower temperatures are an added challenge.

“We can be here when it’s hot,” Maria Estrada said. “When it’s cold, it’s a lot harder to be here.”

Estrada showed us inside of one of two tents next to her family’s flood-ruined mobile home on River Oaks Drive near The Woodlands. It’s a make-shift kitchen where they spend most days.

She’s able to spend the night at a son’s house.

“People down the street are living in tents,” Estrada said. “In camping tents like this.”

We saw food and other supplies in some of the tents where Estrada’s neighbors live. There’s even a community shower where water runs from garden hoses.

“They’re very worried about the cold,” said community volunteer Christine Clinkenbeard. “I get calls constantly that they need blankets, propane tanks, electric blankets.”

Clinkenbeard is working with other volunteers to help meet the need. Folks are slowly trying to rebuild their lives, but they don’t necessarily have access to some of the aid offered to flood victims.

“The waters have receded for some, and the sun is shining again, and they just don’t realize how long this process is,” Clinkenbeard said. “This is not an overnight fix.”

Rain is one thing. The hope is any cold weather will quickly pass.

“We have a little heater,” Estrada said. “We’re going to be sitting around the heater and hopefully won’t need it for long.”

Clinkenbeard said donations of blankets and other supplies can be dropped off at Momentum Karate & Fitness in The Woodlands. She’s also working with the Cajun Navy to help people along River Oaks Drive.

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