Social media played a big role as Central Texans rescued themselves during the 2021 ice storm

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – When crippling snow and ice hit Central Texans in February 2021, area residents took to social media to share photos and videos capturing the impact on their communities individual.

What started out as a beautiful winter wonderland quickly turned into a dangerous scenario.

KWTX Chief Meteorologist Brady Taylor forecast hazardous road conditions into the evening and overnight.

KWTX reporter Megan Vanselow reported from her location that a normal ten-minute commute to work took nearly an hour that day.

As conditions continued to deteriorate, central Texans suffered the fallout of frozen pipes, empty grocery shelves and widespread power and water outages.

KWTX Reporter Rosemond Crown covered a major water outage in Marlin during the storm that lasted for days.

Captured during the 2021 TX winter storm(KWTX)
captured during the 2021 TX winter storm
captured during the 2021 TX winter storm(KWTX)

Malone resident Bonnie Barak was trapped in her home.

“We were stuck at home, like everyone else. We couldn’t even get out of our driveway, it was completely frozen. Our cars weren’t able to drive on the ice, so we were stuck,” she said.

With many unable to leave their homes for help, Jacob Lander saw people in need of help on social media and decided to risk everything to help.

Jacob said: ‘I was on Facebook and saw people saying they were stuck in the house. They needed this and they needed that, and I noticed a very good friend of mine needed milk for a baby. I had a four-wheel-drive truck and I thought I could, you know, test drive it and go to Hillsboro for milk.

He managed to get and deliver the milk and decided he didn’t want to stop helping.

“When all was said and done I had 1500 pounds of potatoes which we gave out, a pallet full of ginger ale and a pallet full of orange ale, many cases of water which were data, and by the end of the week almost 200 gallons of milk,” recalls Jacob.

When asked why he decided to go out and risk everything to help those around him, Jacob replied that he just thought it was the right thing to do.

“Both my parents always taught me that – when you see something that needs to be done, don’t wait for someone to do it, just do it. That’s basically what I did,” said declared Jacob.

Jacob recently lost both parents, but Bonnie said, “Your parents would be so proud of you right now because he was just giving of himself and his time. And honestly, risking your own safety to go out and do all of this for everyone.

Braving the Elements Jacob was a neighbor, a friend, a milkman, and to those he helped a hero. While we all had unique experiences during last year’s winter storm, one thing we shared was the ability to check in on our friends, family, and community members. And we were able to do it thanks to social networks.

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