Houstonians Preparing For Hurricane Harvey

People are flocking to grocery stores to stock up on emergency items.


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The Walmart at South Wayside and Interstate-45 was packed Thursday morning, as people were filling their shopping carts with bottled water and non-perishable foods.

Destiny Okerekeocha was buying canned food, vegetables and some alcohol. She said her husband already got water and other necessities – even though she said he thinks it's going to be nothing.

"My husband, he's never been in a hurricane, he's not a Texan," she said. "I am a Texan, so just in case, got some candles, got us little things just in case we have to stay and bunker down in the house."

Nearby at a Home Depot, Charles Derouen of Cuero near Victoria bought a dozen cases of bottled water for his employees before giving them the weekend off.

As for himself, he said he's planning on taking his family to Dallas.

"I ain't gonna stay around. I'm going to leave," he said. "I'm going to just make sure everybody (is) OK and I'm going to leave."

Store manager J.D. Walz said it's been a busy day.

"We're seeing a big increase on just some bagged sand, water, flashlights, batteries, just general preparedness supplies," he said.

Some stores closer to the Gulf coast have been running out of water, he said, despite constant deliveries of emergency items at Home Depot.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

Business Reporter

Florian Martin is the News 88.7 business reporter and also covers criminal justice, guns and shootings.Florian's stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of...

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