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A deadly storm on top of a pandemic devastates vulnerable Texans: 'We've been living in a nightmare'

Added 02-24-21 08:11:02am EST - “The most vulnerable Texans throughout the state have been hit with a double whammy of a rare and catastrophic storm on top of an ongoing pandemic.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “A deadly storm on top of a pandemic devastates vulnerable Texans: 'We've been living in a nightmare'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Just as José Loera and his family were beginning to assess the damage to his mother’s home in Houston — a caved-in roof, a living room ruined by burst pipes, flooding throughout the house — the family received more devastating news.

Loera’s father, José Emilio, who had already been in the hospital for three weeks recovering from COVID-19 when last week’s devastating winter storm hit Texas, had lost the ability to breathe on his own. Now the eldest Loera is fighting for his life.

“We got hit pretty hard, not only the winter storm that affected my mom's household but also with my dad,” Loera, 28, told Yahoo News on Monday. “He's currently in ICU on a ventilator.

The Loeras, like many of the most vulnerable Texans throughout the state, have been hit with a double whammy of a rare and catastrophic storm on top of an ongoing pandemic. José Emilio and José Loera’s brother were the two people the family depended on to pay for things. Now, without the father working, money is drying up.

The Loeras have hope that aid will eventually come, but so far it’s not coming fast enough. The family started a GoFundMe page to offset the costs of home repairs and mounting medical bills, but they, and others, say they need help now.

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