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Power Outages, Water Shortages As Texas Shivers But Snowfall Provides Picturesque Playground For Families, Friends.

By FnF desk | PUBLISHED: 19, Feb 2021, 9:21 am IST | UPDATED: 19, Feb 2021, 9:56 am IST

Power Outages, Water Shortages As Texas Shivers But Snowfall Provides Picturesque Playground For Families, Friends.

Texas: After days of living in the dark in crude conditions, millions of Texans had their power restored on Thursday, bringing some relief amid the arctic blast that brought the state's water and power infrastructure to its knees.

Early in the morning nearly a half-million residents were without electricity but by midday, just under 350,000 remained without power, according.

PowerOutage.us, which tracks outages across the country.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages most of the state power grid, said Thursday morning it had "made significant progress overnight restoring customer power, although some outages still remain throughout the state."

However, ERCOT noted that despite bringing the lights back on, energy emergency conditions remain as the grid operator and transmission owners work to restore the remaining customers that are without power.

"We're to the point in the load restoration where we are allowing transmission owners to bring back any load they can related to this load shed event," said ERCOT Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin.

"We will keep working around the clock until every single customer has their power back on," Woodfin said.

Areas where distribution systems were damaged by ice storms may still be experiencing loss of power, according to ERCOT. Additionally, large industrial facilities that voluntarily went offline to help alleviate pressure on the overloaded power grid may also remain without power.

"We will keep working around the clock until every single customer has their power back on," Woodfin said.

Areas where distribution systems were damaged by ice storms may still be experiencing loss of power, according to ERCOT. Additionally, large industrial facilities that voluntarily went offline to help alleviate pressure on the overloaded power grid may also remain without power.

Some 7 million residents of Houston, Arlington, Fort Worth and Tyler have been ordered to boil their drinking water after the outages knocked treatment plants offline. Statewide, water pressure has fallen because of frozen lines, Toby Baker, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said.

Speaking to NPR's Morning Edition on Thursday, the mayor of Mansfield, Texas, Michael Evans, described the crisis in the state as "life or death."

"We have been caught in the middle of something here where there have been individuals who have not had electricity or power for about 3 1/2 days now [and] it's zero degrees," Evans said of Mansfield, a suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

He said neighbors and churches have pitched in to help people whose homes have no electricity, despite concern over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"I was talking with a family yesterday, and they just knew these people, the temperature in their home was 32 degrees," Evans said. "So what they did was they brought the people in, and they all had their masks and gloves on and the individuals in one side of the house while they were on the other side of the house."

More than 30 storm-related deaths have been reported by media in the United States since the cold weather arrived last week, many in traffic accidents.

The power was out at Asencio’s home. So, spending a couple of hours in the snow to make other people smile became part of his plan.

“It looks like something to bring life to this place,” said Asencio, as he pointed to the snowman he and his friends created.

This rare winter weather event brought people together.

"I’m trying to take as much time as I can to enjoy it,” said Victor Pacheco.

Parkdale Park was a destination for the Pacheco family. They wanted to soak in the scenery, while cherishing the moment with loved ones.

"It’s crazy, because you never see this here in Texas. When it does, you just try to enjoy it and have a good time with the family,” added Jose Pacheco.

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