Millions of Texans woke up Thursday morning still without heat, electricity or water — with the historic cold snap that crippled the power grid expected to linger for several more days.
As of early Thursday, 2.7 million Texas households were still without heat, while upward of 12 million people either have no drinking water on tap in their homes or have drinking water available only intermittently.
Volunteers help distribute water to local residents at a warming center and shelter after record-breaking winter temperatures in Texas on Feb. 17, 2021.REUTERS/Adrees Latif
It has particularly devastated some hospitals, forcing people to refrain from washing their hands despite it being the most basic safety measure, especially the coronavirus pandemic.
Some communities have become completely isolated with frozen roads still impassable in parts of the state.
Hospital officials at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center said some patients at the facility would be moved over to other hospitals in the area after the