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Mart community comes together as city loses water, power

Posted at 10:54 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 23:54:20-05

MART, TX — The city of Mart has been severely affected by the winter storms, as residents have been without power and water since the weekend.

"We've been without water for 24 hours along with we've been without power for 28 hours plus," said resident Elizabeth Fitzgerald.

As residents face tough challenges, the community has come together to help each other survive.

Reid's Grocery Store has donated its water supply so people can have fresh water.

Residents like Fitzgerald and her husband have been picking up the water and food, then going door-to-door in Mart delivering it to people in need.

Over at First United Methodist Church, people are using what gas they have left to help cook up food for the community, something the Fitzgeralds say almost every other house has been in need of.

"I'm just grateful to be part of a town that helps others in need," Elizabeth said.

Through the teamwork of its citizens, the community was able to find generators to open up warming shelters around town as they wait for the city to get power and water restored.

"We've got city employees that are staying at the water plant trying to get it back and running. They're sleeping there trying to get everything going so we can get back to as normal as possible," said Trevor Baize, a city councilman in Mart

Baize says it could take days for Oncor to restore the power, but if anyone has an emergency, first responders are ready to lend a helping hand.

"Bad weather, snow, rain, thunder, nothing is gonna keep us from getting to the people that need our help," said Baize.