Millions of Texans starting to recover from deadly winter storms are contending with water-quality issues, food shortages and, for some, skyrocketing utility bills, even as power and higher temperatures had returned.
More than 13.7 million people across 198 Texas counties remain affected by water-system disruptions and boil-water notices, the Texas Department of Environmental Quality said Sunday. About 14.3 million were affected as of the day before. Roughly 157 boil notices have been rescinded.
President Bidensigned a disaster declaration for the state on Saturday, covering 77 counties considered the hardest hit and providing grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans for residents to pay for uninsured property damage and other aid for residents and business owners.
The White House has said that additional designations to provide further resources may be made later if requested by the state, and the Texas Division of Emergency Management was gathering damage assessments from residents in the state’s other 177 counties.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency had distributed meals, blankets and hundreds of thousands of liters of water, with an additional 150,000 liters expected to be delivered to the state on Sunday.
Source: WSJ – US News