DALLAS – On the coldest night in generations, nearly 4.4 million Texans were without electricity. As utility providers and politicians shift blame and argue about energy policy, many families are struggling to find heat, food, and water.
When power outages began on Sunday night, Texans were told to expect “rolling blackouts” of 15 to 45 minutes without electricity. The reality turned out to be much longer stretches, some now going into their third or fourth day without power. Record subzero temperatures across the state have caused water pipes to freeze, bursting and flooding residential and commercial buildings. Dallas reached its lowest recorded temperature in history Tuesday night: negative 2 degrees.
With water treatment plants losing power, entire cities are issuing “boil water” notices. But it’s hard to boil water if you don’t have a gas-powered stove or any electricity. Residents whose pipes are frozen or have lost water pressure are saving melted snow in bathtubs and using it to