President Biden to declare major disaster in Texas

President Biden to declare major disaster in Texas
People collect bottled water from a shelter in the city of Galveston, Texas. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: President Joe Biden is set to declare a major disaster for Texas, clearing the way for more federal funds to be spent on relief efforts.

Power is returning in Texas and temperatures are set to rise but some 13 million people are still facing difficulties accessing clean water.

The US President has said he will visit Texas as long as his presence is not a burden on relief efforts.

Nearly 60 people have died from cold weather across the US.

Jen Psaki, the White House spokesman, confirmed Mr Biden has asked his team to expedite Texas’ request for a disaster declaration.

He has also been in touch with the mayors of some of Texas’ biggest cities, such as Austin, Dallas and Houston, to ensure they have access to government resources, an administration official said.

Several other southern states hit by ice and snow storms this week have also reported water service outages.

Winter weather has also cut off water in the Jackson city of Mississippi – home to around 150,000 people – as well as the largest county in Tennessee that includes the city of Memphis, with over 651,000 residents.

Across the South of the US, a region unaccustomed to such frigid temperatures, people whose pipes have frozen have taken to boiling snow to make water.

Texas’ energy grid has been overwhelmed by a surge in demand for heat as temperatures plummeted to 30-year lows, hitting 0F (-18C) earlier this week.

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