As of 7 p.m. Sunday night (8 p.m. EST), these problems still affect 8.8 million people, or about one-third of the state’s 29 million people. Rush said that 258 boiled water notifications have been cancelled.
At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that about 30,000 people still have power outages in his state.
Abbott said: “Based on the speed with which I have seen the power restoration, I suspect that later tonight or tomorrow, all power to all houses in Texas will be fully restored.”
The governor said that the water service in Texas is being restored, and the Texas National Guard, the US Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have distributed more than 3 million bottles of water.
The warm weather and the return of electricity have provided some relief to Texans, but many people still do not have clean water or houses damaged by broken pipes and flooding.
Among them was the Republican Mayor of Fort Worth, Betsy Price, who told CBS’ “Face the Country” on Sunday that his house was flooded. She said her insurance will pay for damages, but other Texans may not.
“At some point, we will have to have more plumbers and resources, but we must have dollars to help those who cannot afford to pay for themselves… from the federal government.” Price said.
Abbott said in a press conference on Sunday that uninsured residents are eligible for FEMA reimbursement if the pipeline breaks.
He said: “We have received FEMA assistance from the federal government, part of which is personal assistance, which will assist individuals whose houses or apartments are damaged due to winter storms.”
Bursting pipes and surprising electricity bills
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (Sylvester Turner), Democrats pointed out how widespread the water problem is for many people.
He said: “Let me now say that due to the cold weather, major leaks, major floods, so many houses in the city have broken down, so we now need a lot of plumbing materials and supplies.”
Turner said: “We have many licensed plumbers, but we can use more.” “But the main thing is that even if the plumber goes out, it’s difficult to find the necessary materials and supplies.”
Abbott announced in a press conference on Sunday that the State Public Utilities Commission has suspended customers from being suspended for non-payment in order to resolve the “sky-high energy bills” that some Texans are said to face.
He said that the committee will also restrict electricity suppliers from sending customer invoices at this time.
Abbott said: “Due to the surge in the energy market, Texans who have suffered several days of freezing and power outages should not bear the soaring energy bill.
The governor said that due to the winter storm, he held an emergency meeting with legislative leaders to “protect Texas families from unreasonable bills.”
Abbott said: “This is something we are fast-tracking, and legislators are working hard as we speak…. We will hold a meeting this week to discuss this issue in depth, and also for our fellow Texas Provide comfort and support.”.
When asked about legislation to repair the state’s electrical infrastructure, Abbott said: “We will not end this session until Texas and all its power generation capacity have completely passed the winter.”
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday that the winter weather has also caused serious delays in the Covid-19 vaccine across the country, but the backlog is only temporary.
Fauci told NBC’s Chuck Todd: “6 million doses have been delayed, we have reduced 2 million doses, and we expect we will catch up by mid-week.”
CNN’s Anjali Huynh, Chuck Johnston and Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.