Feb 23, 2021
Board leaders of Texas' grid operator ERCOT resign after winter storm outages
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Four board leaders of Texas' embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week.
All of the board directors stepping down, which included Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol.
SEE ALSO: Gov. Greg Abbott calls on ERCOT leadership to resign during one-on-one interview
READ: Public notice to the Public Utlity Commission
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Community Efforts To Help North Texas Winter Storm Victims Continue 2 Weeks Later
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Across North Texas, some are going on two-plus weeks now without running water. On Sunday, efforts continued to try and help those affected.
Pastor Marilyn Davis knows what it’s like to go without water.READ MORE: Arrest Made After Man Found Dead In Parking Lot Of Dallas Apartment Complex
“It’s been very, very hard,” she said. “I live in an apartment complex and when we didn’t have any water it was very difficult for us to make it. So many people in one place.”
She said it was the kindness and generosity of others that got her through that difficult time and now, she’s returning the favor.
“Since we got water we want to take water also,” she said.
On Sunday, she spent her day at the Mesquite Police Department picking up cases of water provided by the city and delivering them to those in need.
“We call it holy water from God,” Kim Lightfoot said.READ MORE: Shooting At Budget Inn In Dallas Leaves 1 Dead
“Yes,” Davis said. “We’re so thankful to be able to get the water and help others.”
So far, the city of Mesquite has provided more than 2,500 water bottles to residents in need and the efforts will continue as long as they’re needed.
In Dallas, for those who don’t have water or have been dealing with water damage, laundry has been building up.
In an effort to help, the nonprofit Matthew 25 Ministries, in partnership with Tide Cleaners, is offering free laundry services at the Bachman Rec Center. It will last through Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dallas residents can simply drop off their laundry. Volunteers wash, dry and fold it. Up to two loads per household per day. Then volunteers text when it’s ready for pick up.MORE NEWS: North Texas Man Accused Of Spraying Chemicals On Officers During US Capitol Riot
“By being here hopefully we can take a little bit of stress off of them and provide a little sense of normalcy, let them know that people care,” volunteer Laura Karnes said.