US Texas Grandmother's Home Ransacked by Thieves after She Froze to Death
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An 84-year-old grandmother who froze to death inside her Houston home was robbed by thieves who broke in and took off with the elderly woman's belongings.
Mary Gee reportedly lost power in her northeast Houston apartment over the night of February 15. Her body was discovered by her family and police the following morning.
A medical examiner ruled the elderly woman died of hypothermia afterand record low temperatures wrecked havoc across the state.
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Gee's granddaughter, Nicale Spencer, said she is struggling with the knowledge that her beloved grandmother may have suffered before her death.
Mary Gee, 84, aka "mama Mary" lost her son, an Army veteran to COVID earlier this month. Mary's apartment complex had no power for days & she was found dead from hypothermia. Her apt was ransacked with thieves taking her TV, phone & possessions https://t.co/W7xOPctbJU pic.twitter.com/r4dGTanKMd— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) February 20, 2021
"I had just spoken to her," Spencer told Fox26. "To just talk to somebody and you're joking on the phone with her, and then suddenly your next phone call is somebody screaming telling you they're gone is surreal."
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Hot-weather infrastructure and an isolated power grid have left the state unprepared for extreme weather.The storm, which froze nuclear facilities, coal and gas power stations, and wind turbines, offers a cautionary tale of how extreme weather can paralyze critical energy facilities and throw vast swaths of country into chaos. Across the U.S., experts says, states like Texas are largely unprepared for a range of climate emergencies, from Arctic-like cold in warmer regions to widespread flooding, droughts, wildfires and other symptoms of a rapidly heating planet.
"For somebody to freeze to death is... I'm always cold. So, just for that coldness to sit in my body that long for me to pass from it, that's just a hard way to go," Spencer later told ABC13. "It's almost like suffering, and it's just sad."
"I mean, you don't know what happened to her within those hours," Gee's stepdaughter, Rachel Cook added. "It bothers me deeply."
However, the news of Gee's death is not the only anguish the family say they are grappling with.
Less than one day after Gee's body was found, robbers reportedly broke into the Northshore Meadows apartment complex and took off with the elderly woman's belongings.
Her family say the thieves grabbed Gee's television, stereo, phone and her son's army badges.
"The stuff was just ransacked and thrown," Cook said. "I really don't care about that stuff, I cared about her."
"God has a plan for those people who came in here knowing she's deceased and did this," Gee's grandson Ronnie Spencer told.
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A historic winter storm that knocked out power and froze pipes across Texas has left many families scrambling for safe drinking water. More than 1,100 public water supply systems reported weather-related disruptions in service on Friday morning, impacting over 14.4 million people, about half of the state's population. Many of those affected remain under a boil-water advisory due to concerns about potential contamination, according to a spokesperson for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The winter storm has ravaged through the southern state, causing temperatures to plunge well below freezing and resulting in severe electricity, food and water shortages.
In the Houston area alone, 22 people are thought to have died from weather related causes such as hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Meanwhile, just west of Dallas in Abilene, oneas his wife fought for survival next to him.
Josh Casey, president of Abilene Fresh, a charity that donates food to local non-profits reported on the man's death.
"A man FROZE TO DEATH under our collective noses. In Abilene! I don't even know what to do with this information. Except to check on my immediate neighbors," he said in apost.
Casey added that the wife was found "nearly dead" and is still in the hospital "in peril."
Last week, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Hard Freeze Warning and a Wind Chill Advisory across the state of Texas including in the Houston/Galveston, Austin/San Antonio, Fort Worth/Dallas and Corpus Christi areas.
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Instead of focusing on governance, Republican politicians in the Lone Star State spent their time inflaming grievances.We were among the millions of Texans who lost power when a massive winter storm brought the temperature down to the single digits. In Houston, a woman and child accidentally suffocated themselves with carbon monoxide trying to stay warm in their car. Two people in Austin died in a fire that likely resulted from an attempt to stay warm. Here in San Antonio, a man in his 70s was found dead, apparently from exposure.
On February 14, Presidentas hundreds of thousands of people found themselves without electricity.
Millions more across the state have been impacted by weather-related operational disruptions, power outages, and food supply chain shortages.
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