Millions of Texans are still without heat, electricity or water

Millions of Texans woke up on Thursday morning without heat, electricity or water – with the historic cold snap that was expected to wander the power grid for several days.

As of early Thursday, 2.7 million Texas households were still without heat, while upwards of 12 million people either do not have drinking water on in their homes or drinking water is only available intermittently.

Volunteers help distribute water to local residents at a warming center and shelter after record-breaking winter temperatures in Texas on February 17, 2021.
Volunteers help distribute water to local residents at a warming center and shelter after record-breaking winter temperatures in Texas on February 17, 2021.
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This has particularly devastated some hospitals, despite people being forced to refuse to wash their hands as the most basic safety measure, especially the coronovirus epidemic.

Some communities have become completely isolated in some parts of the state with frozen roads.

Hospital officials at St. David's South Austin Medical Center said that on February 17, 2021, some patients in the building would be moved to other hospitals in the area due to reduced water pressure.
Hospital officials at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center said some patients at the facility would be moved to other hospitals in the area after the building began to heat up on February 17, 2021 due to low water pressure.
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“These are a variety of disasters within the disaster,” said Judge Lina Hidalgo, the top elected official in Harris County, which includes Houston. “Cascading effects are not going away.”

Of the 23 declared on Wednesday, no more storm deaths have occurred.

Father John Zatkowski of St. Paul the Apostle Church pulled water from a broken water line outside his church in Richardson, Texas on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
Father John Zatokowski of St. Paul the Apostle Church pulled water from a broken water line outside his church in Richardson, Texas on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
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Authorities suspect many more people have been killed – but their bodies have not yet been discovered, according to Reuters.

While the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), a cooperative responsible for 90% of the state’s electricity, Claimed “progress” In regaining power on the grid, the historic cold picture that crippled it would leave the cold temperatures behind for several more days, meteorologists warn.

The Austin Fire Department and ATCEMS to a house fire that killed two people, one critically injured, on February 12th, 2021, on 12th Street in Austin amid historic cold flames. And three others were injured.

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On February 17, 2021, after seeing a post on Facebook, a woman fired from Johnson County, Texas, to complete some dumpsters — ice cream thrown at a Southwest Arlington Kröger shop.

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Residents line up to enter shelter after record-breaking winter temperatures in Galveston, Texas

On February 17, 2021, after record-breaking winter temperatures in Galveston, Texas, residents begin to line their vehicles to enter a warming center and shelter.

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File photo: Overhead power lines are seen during record-breaking temperatures in Houston, Texas

Overhead power lines are seen during record-breaking temperatures in Houston, Texas.

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A mailbox is seen in a snow-covered neighborhood in Waco, Texas as severe winter weather conditions in the past few days forced road closures and power theft in the state on February 17, 2021.

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On February 17, 2021, a man walks home from his neighborhood in Waco amid a power outage in Texas.

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On February 17, 2021, people were using their car to heat their home in East Dallas, Texas.

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On February 17, 2021, St. Paul the Apostle Church in Richardson, Texas arrived at the sanctuary by a broken water line.

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On February 17, 2021, people were washing their hands after returning to power in their apartment in Dallas.

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A fox or small coyote crosses Plano Road between cars passing the Spring Creek Nature Area as a winter storm and snow continued in North Texas on Tuesday night, February 16, 2021.

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On February 17, 2021, a car was seen on a snow-covered road in Texas.

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Snow covers the ground on February 17, 2021 in Waco, Texas.

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Tire tracks are seen in snow-covered neighborhoods in Waco, Texas as severe winter weather conditions over the past few days forced road closures and power outages in the state on February 17, 2021.

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Weather watchers said the most severe parts of the storm were eventually moving away from the Lone Star State.

“The most time has passed and things are getting better over the weekend,” said Dan Peterson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in College Park, Maryland.

An Oncore crew works with Elsie Faye Higgins Street in Houston for power evacuation across the state on February 17, 2021.
An Oncor crew works on a statewide power outage on February 17, 2021 along Elsie Faye Higgins Street in Houston.
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Governor Greg Abbott has Demanded investigation At ERCOT, critics accused it of thwarting federal warnings after a similar cold weather meltdown in 2011.

Abbott said that “access to every source in the state of Texas has been compromised due to freezing temperatures or due to equipment pressure.”

People wait in long lines at a HEB grocery store in Austin, Texas on February 17, 2021.
People wait in long lines at a HEB grocery store in Austin, Texas on February 17, 2021.
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Former Democratic presidential candidate Betto O’Rourke Blamed “inaction and disqualification” Abbott and the governor’s team.

“Texans are suffering without power because those in power have failed us,” he tweeted.

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