Harvey survivors bracing for cold weather

There are people already shivering at the thought of cold temperatures moving into Houston Tuesday evening.

HOUSTON - There are people already shivering at the thought of cold temperatures moving into Houston Tuesday evening.
 
The coming cold worries Petra Cervantes and her husband who have children ages 3 and 4.
 
“I don’t want to think about it,” Cervantes said.
 
Their northeast Houston home still needs repairs after six-feet of floodwater waded inside during Hurricane Harvey. It is not ready for them to move-in again. Five space heaters scattered around are the families sources of heat. There is no front door to block wind. The family lives in a tent in their driveway. However, not everyone can fit inside. 
 
With no hotels allowing her family with 10-plus pets, they plan to use coats, blankets, even tarp to stay warm by any means.
 
“We’ll see how (cold) it’s going to get,” Cervantes said.  “I hope it’s not much cold, you know, the 30 or 28. That is gonna be freezing.”
 
HISD plans to unload 120 coats donated by Amazon to students in need Wednesday. For months, heat had been an afterthought around Star of Hope’s Donation Centers.
 
“We’re a little bit behind when it comes to cold weather donations,” Scott Arthur, director of public relations for Star of Hope.
 
Outreach teams will go out to delver what they have to people living on the streets of Houston, Arthur said. Still, at least 180 women and 150 families in shelters need coats, hats and gloves too.
 
“Honestly, this has been a really rough year and we’ve had so much on our mind,” Arthur said.  “We’re also dealing with some of the folks from Harvey. So, cold weather hasn’t exactly been top of mind. But now it is.”

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