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Winter Storm 2021

How to help and get help in Texas as the winter storm causes power outages

Local organizations are providing warming shelters and resources, while nonprofits are asking for donations and volunteers.

People push on the back of a truck to attempt to get the vehicle unstuck from the snow in Austin on Feb. 15, 2021.

Winter Storm 2021

As Texas faced record-low temperatures in February 2021 and snow and ice made roads impassable, the state’s electric grid operator lost control of the power supply, leaving millions without access to electricity. As the blackouts extended from hours to days, top state lawmakers called for investigations into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and Texans demanded accountability for the disaster. The Texas Tribune covered the impact of the storm in real time and continues to bring accountability coverage as officials address the issues exposed by the storm. 

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