Lights come back on in Texas as water woes rise in the South

Lights come back on in Texas as water woes rise in the South
A water bucket is filled as others wait in near freezing temperatures to use a hose from public park spigot Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Houston. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Many of the millions of people in Texas who lost power for days after a deadly winter blast now have it back, but the crisis was far from over in parts of the South, while many people lacking safe drinking water.

Nearly 185,000 homes and businesses are still without power in the state according to early Friday, down from about 3 million two days earlier, though utility officials said limited rolling blackouts were still possible.

The storms also left more than 335,000 people from Virginia to Louisiana without power and about 71,000 in the state of Oregon were still enduring a weeklong outage following a massive ice and snow storm

The snow and ice moved into the Appalachians, southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, and later the Northeast as the extreme weather was blamed for the deaths of at least 57 people, including a Oklahoma girl aged 17 who fell into a frozen pond Thursday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Lots of people have perished trying to keep warm. Authorities said six people died of the cold in and around the western Texas city of Abilene, — including a 60-year-old man found dead in his bed in his frigid home.

A family died from carbon monoxide in the Houston area as their car idled in their garage.

Utilities from Minnesota to Texas used rolling blackouts to ease strained power grids, but according to Texas’ grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the remaining Texas outages were mostly weather-related.

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