Updated: Mar 1
The end of frigid weather in Texas was finally in sight last Friday. Still, many residents who left for other states and counties are only now discovering the extent of the winter storm’s destruction as they return.
As the state’s citizens survey the damage, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas – those who operate the state’s electrical grid – stated that they would end emergency conditions as power is returned to households statewide.
President Biden said that he would sign a major disaster declaration for Texas ahead of a possible visit to Texas the following week. The president emphasized that he didn’t want the visit to burden officials in the state’s emergency efforts. Biden told reporters,
“If in fact it’s concluded that I can do it without creating a burden for the folks on the ground while they’re dealing with this crisis, I plan on going,”
In the meantime, Texas citizens are hoping for a return to normalcy.
The National Weather Service predicts high temperatures in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, starting to increase this week. However, nights may still produce low or even freezing temperatures.
As the temperatures increase, residents may face significant property damage. State officials are now requesting help from the governor, Greg Abbott. Governor Abbott said he would ease restrictions on plumbers from other states and those with expired licenses.
Other officials urge residents to do what they can to prevent water leakage, including shutting off the water main from their homes.
Roughly 13 million Texans were told earlier this week to boil their water for safety purposes. Still, cities across the state were opening sites for water distribution. Other than broken pipes inside homes, water provider services have to deal with the substantial damage to main water lines that run through cities and neighborhoods.
In the end, the harsh winter weather has been linked to as many as 57 deaths and counting.