- A little ‘relief’ for Texas as temperatures rise after intense storm
- The ‘fierce’ storm left millions of Americans affected
- After days of extreme weather, the southern US state may begin repairs
A small ‘relief’ for Texas as the temperature increased after a severe storm allowed tasks such as costly repairs and clean-ups to begin after several days of Extreme cold and widespread blackouts, The Associated Press reports.
In Texas, where millions of people were warned to boil their tap water before drinking it, warm weather is expected to last for several days.
“Great disaster area”
The President Joe Biden declared a major disaster area in Texas on Friday, ordering federal agencies to assist in recovery efforts, and plans to visit the state.
The ruptured mains and problems in the pumping stations caused a shortage of potable water, the closure of the Memphis International Airport and problems for hospitals to work in sufficient hygiene conditions, indicates The Associated Press.
At least 69 deaths are attributed to extreme weather, including that of a man who died in an Abilene hospital because low water pressure prevented his treatment. Many people who passed away had trouble trying to keep warm. A Tennessee farmer died while trying to save two calves that apparently fell into a frozen pond.
Some 260,000 homes and businesses in Tennessee’s largest county, which includes the city of Memphis, were ordered to boil their water due to broken water pipes and problems at pumping stations. While restaurants that could not boil water or did not have bottled water were ordered to close.