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Winter Storm 2021

“One thing after another”: Rural Texans faced the same storm — with unique hardships

Last week's winter storm was brutal for the whole state, but rural Texans faced particular hardships, like distance from helpful neighbors. And newborn calves.

By Melissa B. Taboada and Sarah M. Vasquez
Marfa is covered with snow on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. The temperature dropped to 7 degrees on Friday morning.

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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Marfa Food Pantry volunteers Gary Oliver and Alisha Waller load pallets with boxes of food for Saturday morning distribution. West Texas Food Bank delivered food Friday night after power was restored in Marfa.
Marfa resident Ellie Tejada gathers produce from the Marfa Food Pantry Saturday morning. Tejada didn't have power at her house for three days this week and had to throw out her food.

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