Breaking: Texas disaster: Deadly cold leaves millions in dark with no water
Millions of Americans have been left without power and water in Texas, as deadly cold weather sparked “disasters within the disaster” in the country’s energy powerhouse, with authorities blaming each other over a massive failure of energy infrastructure.
Officials warned on Wednesday of historic cold weather, as temperatures dropped and record snow fell on areas not accustomed to the freezing cold.
Twelve million people in Texas — the country’s second largest state — either have no drinking water on tap in their homes or have drinking water available only intermittently.
Unusual winter storm also left millions in over 100 counties without electricity this week.
Officials called on residents in the most populous parts of the state to brace for another round of freezing rain and snow, and prepare for energy to not return until the weekend.
With freezing temperatures expected through the weekend, getting the lights back on will be a slow process, officials said.
Energy remains out for 2.7 million households, officials said.
They said that the state has lost 40% of its generating capacity, amid the historic cold.
Hospitals in the state’s largest city, Houston, and elsewhere in Texas have no water, reports said.
At least 37 deaths have been reported since the cold weather arrived last week, according to officials, who said they suspect many more fatalities — but their bodies have not been discovered yet.
Hundreds of thousands of residents of the Texas metropolis of Houston are suffering from both power outages and a loss of water pressure.
“Water pressure is very low,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted. “Please do not run water to keep pipes from bursting.”
“This is in many ways disasters within the disaster,” said Judge Lina Hidalgo, the top elected official in Harris County. “The cascading effects are not going to go away.”
Texas city mayor resigns after saying local govt. has no responsibility
Mayor of Colorado City, Tim Boyd, has resigned after saying that “only the strong will survive,” amid the deadly winter storm and the historic blackouts.
The mayor sparked controversy after posting a message on Facebook, saying that it is not the local government’s responsibility to support residents.
Widespread blackouts and bone chilling cold that left millions of Texans to shiver in the dark sparked a fury among residents and politicians amid a massive failure of the energy infrastructure.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott called for the top executives of the state’s electrical grid, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to resign.