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Winter Storm 2021

Dwindling food, flooded halls, unflushable toilets: Texas’ university dorms descend into chaos during winter storm

The past week of power outages and water shortages have been particularly challenging for college students living in large residence halls who are unable to see their families or access supplies like extra clothing, food or a car.

Nicholas Ware, a freshman computer science major at Texas State University, walks down the stairs to his dorm room on campus…

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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February Winter Storm 2021

  • When will my water come back? How can I get water in the meantime?

  • Will I get a large energy bill?

  • How can I get updates?

  • I was without power for more than a day. Why are people calling these rolling outages?

  • Wait, we have our own power grid? Why?

  • I read online that wind turbines are the reason we lost power. Is that true?

  • How can I stay warm? How can I help others?

Nicholas Ware, a freshman computer science major at Texas State University, washes his hands in a dark bathroom using the fl…
Nicholas Ware, a freshman computer science major at Texas State University, was entirely unprepared for the massive winter s…

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