Resources for Finding Ice, Water & More in Houston After Hurricane Beryl

A tree that Hurricane Beryl toppled completely smashed a car parked on the street

Many Houston restaurants have regained power and reopend — however, there were still about 1.3 million Centerpoint Energy customers are still without electricity. So, instead of another open/closed lists of restaurants today, I asked my followers on Facebook what information would be most useful. Other readers chimed in with answers, and I’ve credited them below.

Where Can I Get Free Water and Ice?

The Houston Office of Emergency Management is hosting five drive-through ice and water distribution today (Wednesday, July 10) from 1 until 5 p.m. at the following locations. Each car will receive two cases of water and two bags of ice while supplies last.

  • Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 West Montgomery
  • Northeast Multi-Service Center, 9720 Spaulding
  • Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 4410 Reed
  • Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star
  • Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center, 6402 Market

I Can Afford to Buy Ice and Water, but Who Has It?

Chef Alvin Schultz let us know about Ice Express at 2530 Knoblock. He says they have plenty of ice, and you can visit for “EZ Dock Pickup“. The company has ice in 20- and 40-pound bags and bottled water by the case. Ice Express delivers, too, but the minimum order is 400 pounds. That’s likely too much for a residence (unless you and a bunch of neighbors decide to go in together on a delivery), but might be welcome news to a restaurant, hotel or bar operator. The website states that all major credit cards and cash is accepted. HOWEVER, a reader reports that Ice Express was only accepting cash today, so we’re not sure what’s up with that.

According to Google, Ice Express is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday.

In the Heights area? Greg Bess says that Melange Catering at 6803 Wynnwood has 40 bags of ice. The bags are 16 pounds each and cost $3. These are only available until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, and will certainly be gone by then.

If you’d like to send information on other places around town that are well-stocked with ice, you can send me an email. Also, please leave a comment. All of our comments are moderated (keeps the trolls out), but we’ll approve useful ones ASAP.

Hurricane Beryl coming ashore at Bolivar Peninsula
Hurricane Beryl coming ashore at Bolivar Peninsula. Photo by Elizabeth Hale.

Where Can I Go to Cool Off?

The City of Houston, the YMCA, Red Cross and faith-based organizations are collectively running several places where you can relax and cool off in much-needed air-conditioning. Visit this page to see the most up-to-date list. (You may need to scroll down a bit.)

a downed tree blocking a road after Hurricane Beryl in Houston
An all-too-familiar sight in Houston these days: a downed tree blocking a road. Photo by Tori Guldenstern.

Where Can I Find Gasoline?

The KPRC Channel 2 website is crowdsourcing information on open gas stations and is compiling a list. Look also in the reader comments for a location near you that may not have been added to the articled yet.

The Houston Chronicle also has a list, but it has a paywall. It seems that in times of crisis, critical information for the community should not be paywalled, but maybe that’s just me.

When is My Electricity Coming Back?

There’s no way to know exactly when Centerpoint Energy will get to you, but you can get a clue as to where it is in the process. Reader Jeremy Gutierrez shared with us this link, which tells you the status of the circuit that serves your home or business. If your circuit is “assigned for repair”, that’s probably good news. If everyone has power around you, but you do not, you may be dealing with a localized problem called a “nested outage“, and it may take longer for your power to be restored.

a downed fence in Houston after Hurricane Beryl
Downed fences are a problem multitudes of Houstonians are dealing with after Hurricane Beryl. Photo by Mark Linsey.

Now, We’d Like to Know From You…

Your fellow readers are looking for:

  • Rental cars. (During the rental car shortage during the pandemic, I know people who rented trucks from U-Haul and Home Depot, but I’m not sure if even those are available right now.)
  • Auto body repair shops with availability in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Hotels accepting FEMA assistance that have vacancies

If you’d like to send information on any of the topics above, you can send me an email. Also, please leave a comment. All of our comments are moderated (keeps the trolls out), but we’ll approve useful ones ASAP.

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