Winter storm puts chill on community


Michelle Stoddart

The recent ice storms have caused much destruction throughout the community.

Olivia Griffin, News Editor

Among the 270,000 Dallas-area homes without power due to the recent ice storm, were members of the local community, some of whom were left without power for several days.

“I had no power for three days,” freshman Matthew Doss said. “We stayed overnight at my house for one night, but it got to be too cold inside my house, so we went to go stay at a hotel the next night.”

For Technology Applications teacher Ray Cooper, the ice storm ended up causing inconvenient – and expensive – damage.

“My plumbing broke because the pipes froze and exploded,” Cooper said. “What I ended up doing was letting the faucets drip to keep the pipes from rusting. I called a plumber, and 500 dollars later the pipes were fixed.”

Despite being in a neighborhood whose icy, hilly roads prevented any car from exiting, junior Sydney Carawan kept cabin fever at bay by resorting to less traditional methods of transportation.

“I’d been stuck inside my house for a whole day without power, and I didn’t want to go through that again,” Carawan said. “So I called my friend, [senior] Hayley Vasquez, and her mom drove her to Lucas Foods Store, and my mom and I got on our horses and walked to Lucas Foods to meet her.”

Without power and trapped inside her house, Carawan and her family had to adapt to the challenges produced by the icy conditions.

“I was powerless Friday, Saturday, and part of Sunday,” Carawan said. “I was worried about my phone not being able to be charged, but my mom had a backup phone charger that ran off of batteries. We got some electric blankets that ran off of batteries, and ate leftovers. My family also played board games, since there was no TV, which was really exciting.”

While the majority of the homes had their power restored by Monday morning, 2400 homes in the Dallas area still remain powerless, according to the Oncor Power Company.