A “fragile” energy grid has been fully restored in Texas, which has been battered by a historic winter storm – but some 280,000 homes remained without power Friday and 13 million people have seen their water services disrupted, according to reports.
The restoration came as officials with the entity that operates the grid said it was “seconds and minutes” away from a catastrophic failure that could have left residents in the dark for months, the Texas Tribune reported.
Gov. Greg Abbott, who confirmed that all power-generating plants in the Lone Star State were online as of late Thursday, urged lawmakers to pass legislation to ensure the energy grid was prepared for cold weather in the future, Reuters reported.
“What happened this week to our fellow Texans is absolutely unacceptable and can never be replicated again,” Abbott told reporters as he lashed out at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, a cooperative responsible for 90 percent of the state’s electricity.