Biden declares Texas a “major disaster” area and millions lose their services

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With widespread power cuts and water shortages in the freezing winter weather


US President Joe Biden agreed to declare Texas a “major disaster”; The state is struggling with widespread power outages and water shortages amid freezing winter weather, according to Sputnik.

In detail, the Federal Emergency Management Agency revealed this measure on Saturday; This opens the door to federal funding for individuals in Texas, provision of temporary housing, home repairs, and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.

Biden plans to visit Texas sooner to assess the federal response.

Millions of Texas residents suffer from blackouts, and more than half of the state suffers from interruption of water service with boiling water notifications activated, according to a report by CNBC.

The Biden Declaration makes help available to individuals in 77 Texas counties.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott called for a “major disaster” to be declared for all 254 counties, and the White House said it was working closely with Abbott, and more counties could be included after assessing the damage.

The Texas Environmental Quality Commission said on Saturday: More than 15.1 million people are facing water disturbances in Texas after freezing weather disrupted more than 1,300 public water systems and led to boiling water notifications.

The federal government has already approved emergency declarations for Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana; It dispatched supplies such as generators, blankets, water and meals to Texas last week.

The Texas Electrical Reliability Board said on Friday it was back to normal conditions and restoring power to millions of customers.

More than 60,000 people in Texas were still running out of power as of Saturday night, according to data from the Power Outage website.

The cold weather has caused energy use and energy costs to rise. This caused some Texas families to face electricity bills of up to $ 10,000.

Michael McCall, a member of the House of Representatives from Texas, said on Sunday that officials will use the administration’s disaster relief funding to help people who are bearing high bills.

The head of the Texas Department of Emergency Management, Nim Kidd, explained at a Saturday press conference: Distributing bottled water remains the first priority; The state requested 9.9 million bottles of water and received 5.5 million bottles.

The army delivers water and food by airplanes. Utilities in the state are working to restore water service.

Toby Baker, executive director of the Texas Environmental Quality Commission, said on Saturday that nearly 156,000 people are still without water at all.

“I understand the crowd is really disappointed right now,” said Baker.

The disruption of the power grid in the second largest US state, and power cuts for days, resulted in the deaths of many people who were deprived of the energy needed to heat their homes.

According to media reports, 58 people have died in 10 states, the majority of them in Texas; Because of a winter storm.

In addition to declaring the major disaster, the US Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued an emergency fuel waiver for Texas, which immediately allows the state to temporarily abandon certain fuel standards to combat gas shortages in affected areas.

Texas refiners shut down nearly a fifth of the nation’s oil production during the recent turmoil, and global oil prices soared before easing on Friday as companies prepared to resume production as energy services resume.

Biden declares Texas a “major disaster” as millions lose basic services

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US President Joe Biden agreed to declare Texas a “major disaster”; The state is struggling with widespread power outages and water shortages amid freezing winter weather, according to Sputnik.

In detail, the Federal Emergency Management Agency revealed this measure on Saturday; This opens the door to federal funding for individuals in Texas, provision of temporary housing, home repairs, and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.

Biden plans to visit Texas sooner to assess the federal response.

Millions of Texas residents suffer from blackouts, and more than half of the state suffers from interruption of water service with boiling water notifications activated, according to a report by CNBC.

The Biden Declaration makes help available to individuals in 77 Texas counties.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott called for a “major disaster” to be declared for all 254 counties, and the White House said it was working closely with Abbott, and more counties could be included after assessing the damage.

The Texas Environmental Quality Commission said on Saturday: More than 15.1 million people are facing water disturbances in Texas after freezing weather disrupted more than 1,300 public water systems and led to boiling water notifications.

The federal government has already approved emergency declarations for Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana; It dispatched supplies such as generators, blankets, water and meals to Texas last week.

The Texas Electrical Reliability Board said on Friday it was back to normal conditions and restoring power to millions of customers.

More than 60,000 people in Texas were still running out of power as of Saturday night, according to data from the Power Outage website.

The cold weather has caused energy use and energy costs to rise. This caused some Texas families to face electricity bills of up to $ 10,000.

Michael McCall, a member of the House of Representatives from Texas, said on Sunday that officials will use the administration’s disaster relief funding to help people who are bearing high bills.

The head of the Texas Department of Emergency Management, Nim Kidd, explained at a Saturday press conference: Distributing bottled water remains the first priority; The state requested 9.9 million bottles of water and received 5.5 million bottles.

The army delivers water and food by airplanes. Utilities in the state are working to restore water service.

Toby Baker, executive director of the Texas Environmental Quality Commission, said on Saturday that nearly 156,000 people are still without water at all.

“I understand the crowd is really disappointed right now,” said Baker.

The disruption of the power grid in the second largest US state, and power cuts for days, resulted in the deaths of many people who were deprived of the energy needed to heat their homes.

According to media reports, 58 people have died in 10 states, the majority of them in Texas; Because of a winter storm.

In addition to declaring the major disaster, the US Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued an emergency fuel waiver for Texas, which immediately allows the state to temporarily abandon certain fuel standards to combat gas shortages in affected areas.

Texas refiners shut down nearly a fifth of the nation’s oil production during the recent turmoil, and global oil prices soared before easing on Friday as companies prepared to resume production as energy services resume.

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With widespread power cuts and water shortages in the freezing winter weather

US President Joe Biden agreed to declare Texas a “major disaster”; The state is struggling with widespread power outages and water shortages amid freezing winter weather, according to Sputnik.

In detail, the Federal Emergency Management Agency revealed this measure on Saturday; This opens the door to federal funding for individuals in Texas, provision of temporary housing, home repairs, and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.

Biden plans to visit Texas sooner to assess the federal response.

Millions of Texas residents suffer from blackouts, and more than half of the state suffers from interruption of water service with boiling water notifications activated, according to a report by CNBC.

The Biden Declaration makes help available to individuals in 77 Texas counties.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott called for a “major disaster” to be declared for all 254 counties, and the White House said it was working closely with Abbott, and more counties could be included after assessing the damage.

The Texas Environmental Quality Commission said on Saturday: More than 15.1 million people are facing water disturbances in Texas after freezing weather disrupted more than 1,300 public water systems and led to boiling water notifications.

The federal government has already approved emergency declarations for Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana; It dispatched supplies such as generators, blankets, water and meals to Texas last week.

The Texas Electrical Reliability Board said on Friday it was back to normal conditions and restoring power to millions of customers.

More than 60,000 people in Texas were still running out of power as of Saturday night, according to data from the Power Outage website.

The cold weather has caused energy use and energy costs to rise. This caused some Texas families to face electricity bills of up to $ 10,000.

Michael McCall, a member of the House of Representatives from Texas, said on Sunday that officials will use the administration’s disaster relief funding to help people who are bearing high bills.

The head of the Texas Department of Emergency Management, Nim Kidd, explained at a Saturday press conference: Distributing bottled water remains the first priority; The state requested 9.9 million bottles of water and received 5.5 million bottles.

The army delivers water and food by airplanes. Utilities in the state are working to restore water service.

Toby Baker, executive director of the Texas Environmental Quality Commission, said on Saturday that nearly 156,000 people are still without water at all.

“I understand the crowd is really disappointed right now,” said Baker.

The disruption of the power grid in the second largest US state, and power cuts for days, resulted in the deaths of many people who were deprived of the energy needed to heat their homes.

According to media reports, 58 people have died in 10 states, the majority of them in Texas; Because of a winter storm.

In addition to declaring the major disaster, the US Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued an emergency fuel waiver for Texas, which immediately allows the state to temporarily abandon certain fuel standards to combat gas shortages in affected areas.

Texas refiners shut down nearly a fifth of the nation’s oil production during the recent turmoil, and global oil prices soared before easing on Friday as companies prepared to resume production as energy services resume.





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