US winter storm death toll hits 47 including 30 in Texas
At least 47 people have so far been killed in the devastating winter storms that have pummeled America with 30 lives lost in Texas including an 11-year-old boy who died from suspected hypothermia inside his family’s unheated mobile home and a man who froze to death in his recliner chair.
The crisis in the energy independent state entered its sixth day Friday, with 200,000 Texans waking up to another day of no power and 10 million without access to safe drinking water.
US winter storm death toll hits 47 including 30 in Texas
Texas had been just ‘seconds and minutes’ away from ‘months-long’ blackouts, the embattled CEO of the state’s energy grid ERCOT said Thursday as he defended the company’s actions that sparked the greatest forced blackout in US history.
While the power has been restored for most after four million were impacted by power outages earlier this week, the dangerous situation continues for millions as Texas is now running out of food and water.
The food supply chain is in tatters all the way from farm to the table with supermarket shelves bare and an unconscionable amount of produce spoiled in the blackouts.
More than 10 million residents are under boil water notices as water treatment facilities lost power and the critical supply available was wasted as freezing temperatures burst water mains and pipes.
Statewide, Texans are resorting to increasingly desperate measures with many left with no choice but to boil snow to stay hydrated while people are collecting water from the San Antonio River and swimming pools to flush their toilets.
US winter storm death toll hits 47 including 30 in Texas
Along with the families who must face life without those lost to the storm, the long-term impacts of the catastrophic failure in ERCOT’s handling of the energy crisis are not fully clear but experts are warning this is likely to be the costliest weather event in state history – even greater than the $19 billion cost of Hurricane Harvey.