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Houston Residents Wait Hours For Supplies

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Houston Residents Wait Hours For Supplies

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Houston Residents Wait Hours For Supplies

Houston Residents Wait Hours For Supplies

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Days after Hurricane Ike struck Texas, thousands of Houston residents are still without power, food and water. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said more than 5 million meals were being sent to the region, along with generators and water. But it's not fast enough, some residents say.

We visit a FEMA distribution center in northern Houston, where people have been waiting in line for as many as four hours to get ice, water and packets of ready-to-eat food.

Claudette Maxwell used the little gas she had to get to the emergency center. She also needs to get more insulin and to refrigerate her current supply, she says.

With supplies running scarce, stores have been driving up prices.

"They sold somebody a bag of charcoal for $21, which is just ridiculous," Maxwell says.

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