Tennessee race to repair broken water mains in wake of storm

Memphis, Tenn. – Workers in Tennessee raced on Sunday to recover water levels that failed with freezing temperatures, and COVID-19 vaccine shipments resumed as the South made efforts to recover from the winter season. Together rebuilt parts of the nation.

In Texas, where millions of people endured bitter cold days without electricity, officials urged President Joe Biden to travel as soon as possible.

Ten inches of snow fell in Memphis last week, followed by a continuous cold snap. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature in the region was 40 degrees below normal. With temperatures forecast to climb into the 50s, the city expected significant melting of snow and ice accumulated on roads and pavements and roofs.

Now the problem is not enough water.

Memphis remained in a boil on Sunday after officials said they said contamination could occur as the water pressure at the pumping stations decreased and aging main bursts with aging. Memphis, Light, Gas and Water have not said when it expects to lift the consultant, which has been in place since Thursday.

The utility’s president and CEO, JT Young, compared the hospital patient in critical condition.

“We’re in red condition, if you will,” Young said on Saturday.

About 260,000 households and businesses were under advisory. Hospitals and nursing homes turned to bottled water. The Tennessee National Guard was supplying St. Francis Hospital with water.

Nearby Baptist Memorial Hospital has taken some patients from St. Francis, particularly those requiring dialysis, to say that Drs. Jeff Wright is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Baptist. He said the hospital has a water purification system for dialysis and water storage for functions such as cooking and bathing patients.

City officials planned to distribute water bottles to several locations on Sunday. Grocery stores struggled to keep shelves stacked with bottled water. Many restaurants remained closed.

Flights resumed at Memphis International Airport on Friday as everything went well on Friday due to water pressure problems. Some problems are still lingering, but airport officials have installed temporary toilets.

Weather is credited with at least 76 deaths across the country.

Meanwhile, the White House said a third dose of the delayed COVID-19 vaccine from the storm was delivered over the weekend. The weather created a backlog of about 6 million doses as a power outage closed some vaccination centers and the icy weather trapped the vaccine in the shipping season.

White House press secretary Jane Saki told ABC’s “This Week” that about 2 million out of the 6 million doses had passed.

“We hope to catch up fast this week,” she said.

In Nashville, Tennessee, local COVID-19 task force leader Drs. Alex Jahangir said more than 2,300 seniors and teachers were vaccinated on Saturday as the city began offering shots after the treacherous weather.

Due to wintry disturbances, local health officials last week vaccinated more than 500 people with doses that would otherwise have expired, including hundreds of homeless shelters and residents of a historically black neighborhood that mostly underwent underlying health conditions Was senior with.

Meanwhile in Kentucky and West Virginia, workers repaired broken utility poles and down lines.

According to Appalachian Power, about 37,000 customers in West Virginia were still below the peak of 97,000 on Sunday without electricity. It is planned to use helicopters and drones on Sunday to identify problems in remote areas. On 11 February and 15 February, some homes had no electricity since the back-to-back snow storm.

About 30,000 customers remained without power in Kentucky on Sunday, including more than 14,000 Kentucky Power customers in the state’s eastern areas.

President Joe Biden looks forward to visiting Texas, which was Hit particularly hard by the weather, Saki said. He said Biden is expected to travel to the state this week, but “does not want to divert resources”, he said.

“He is eager to move to Texas and show his support,” she said. “But he is also very mindful of the fact that it is not a light footprint for a president to travel to a disaster zone.”

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Biden could come anytime.

“We’ll definitely welcome that,” Turner said.

The Houston area saw lower temperatures last week that were dozens of degrees below normal. According to the weather service, on Tuesday, the temperature was 13 degrees below normal (minus 10 degrees). The forecast for the region is called for a high of 65 degrees (18 Celsius) on Sunday.

Texas Rape Michael Macaulay told CNN’s “State of the Union” that federal disaster relief could be used to help Texas repair skyrocketing energy bills, repair burst pipes, and repair flood damage.

McCall also criticized Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s decision to take his family on leave in the of the crisis.

“When a crisis hits my state, I’m there,” McCall said. “I’m not going on some vacation. I know that Mr. Cruz called it a mistake, and he owns it. But I think it was a big mistake. “

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