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Winter Storm 2021

Texans confront outages, food and water needs as feds issue disaster declaration

We’re tracking the fallout from the massive winter storm in Texas, which has brought widespread power outages and transportation problems.

Volunteers distribute boxes of food at a distribution site in Austin on Feb. 19, 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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What you need to know:

Houston lifts boil water notice

As the state thaws out, Texas responders turn focus to food and water

State leaders hold emergency meeting to discuss spike in energy bills

Federal disaster aid approved for 77 Texas counties 

Dozens died in storm, but full toll may not be known for weeks

AOC raises $3 million for Texas winter aid

Texas failed to deliver state vital emergency information during storm 

Texas’ track record won’t make it easy to winterize energy infrastructure

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