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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 this February 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. We have compiled a list of resources for Texans who are seeking help, or places to get warm. To get updates sent straight to your phone, text "hello" to 512-967-6919 or visit this page to sign up.

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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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