Southern, rural counties dealing with food, water shortages

From Nacogdoches County to Houston County, rural residents are coping with issues slightly different from what's seen in the cities.

This morning Etoile was down to three cases of water, and the ice that one machine could spit out. Fortunately, by noon, truckloads of ice, water and limited amounts of food arrived.

In Ratcliff, the U.S. Forest service is coping with downed timber that's keeping residents from leaving their homes.

And in Kennard, water is also a hot commodity after the water system went down.

Today at a press conference of Nacogdoches officials assured storm victims that help is on the way.

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