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Hurricane Beryl causes power outage at Victoria Ma’s Westbury home, where a burglar broke in, she says

Hurricane Beryl causes power outage at Victoria Ma’s Westbury home, where a burglar broke in, she says
Hurricane Beryl causes power outage at Victoria Ma’s Westbury home, where a burglar broke in, she says

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — It is a sad reality that when there is a natural disaster, someone will try to take advantage of the situation. That is what happened overnight at Victoria Ma’s home in Westbury.

“You see the entrance is here,” Ma pointed to her broken sliding glass door.

On Monday, Hurricane Beryl ripped Ma’s fence apart, leaving her one of the 2.2 million people in our region without power. She spent Tuesday night at a friend’s house and returned Wednesday morning to find her windows and doors smashed.

“I feel like I should be angry. But I’m so tired from the last few days that I just don’t have the energy to be angry anymore. I’m hot, I’m tired, it’s just been a lot. Maybe there will be more later,” Ma told Eyewitness News reporter Miya Shay for a story ONLY ON 13.

Mom thinks a giant tree at the back of a neighborhood ditch that crushed a CenterPoint is causing her electrical problems. That mess is right behind Linda Anselmo’s fence, which ABC13 was only too happy to show.

“I don’t think we’ll have power for the next three weeks,” Anselmo said, clearly frustrated by the tangle of wires, trees and leaves dangling from the ditch.

“It’s pitch black here. They know the alarms aren’t working. And most people are gone because the houses are 85 degrees,” she said.

This Westbury neighborhood isn’t alone. Houston police said officers have arrested four people accused of breaking into two separate businesses while the power was out Tuesday, including a beauty salon on Cullen Boulevard. The store has reopened with security and power.

But for Ma, the recovery efforts have only just begun and she fears the suspects will never be caught.

“Just kick us when we’re already on the ground? The worst of the worst. You know, I went to file a report with the police, and while I was there, another woman came in with the same problem,” she sighed.

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