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    President Joe Biden visited Houston, Texas, on Friday to witness the aftermath of a series of winter storms that crippled the state for several days. “Our prayers are with you in the aftermath of this winter storm,” Biden said, vowing that the federal government would act as “true partners” in their recovery. Millions of people in the state lost power for days, and water pipes burst in the freezing temperatures. “We’re in for the long haul,” Biden promised, citing the federal aid that he would make available. Biden traveled to Houston with First Lady Jill Biden to visit with local leaders, Congressional Democrats, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn as well as volunteers in the recovery effort. “We’re not here today as Democrats or Republicans, we’re here today as Americans,” he said. US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visit a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility...
    Biden surveys weather harm, encourages virus shots in Texas HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – President Joe Biden and the First Lady, Jill, came to Texas Friday, Feb. 26 to survey damage caused by severe winter weather and to encourage people to get their coronavirus shots. The brutal winter weather across the South over Valentine’s Day weekend battered multiple states, with Texas bearing the brunt of unseasonably frigid conditions that caused widespread power outages and frozen pipes that burst and flooded homes. Millions of residents lost heat and running water. At least 40 people in Texas died as a result of the storm and, although the weather has returned to more normal temperatures, more than 1 million residents are still under orders to boil water before drinking it. “The president has made very clear to us that in crises like this, it is our duty to organize prompt and competent federal support to...
    Spring is finally in the air with temperatures rising across parts of the US and the southeast experiencing May-like weather this weekend, just one week after winter storms blanketed 73 percent of America in snow.  The first official day of spring isn't until March 20 but Americans are getting an early glimpse of warmer days ahead as forecasters predict unseasonably high temperatures just shy of record-breaking levels this weekend. Parts of Florida, Alabama and Georgia could reach the mid-80s Saturday and Sunday.  Signs of warmer weather comes as welcome news after two winter storm barreled into the country last week plunging hard-hit Texas into crisis.   At least 58 people were killed nationwide with 32 in Texas including an 11-year-old boy who died of suspected hyperthermia after his mobile home lost power.  The storm sparked rolling power blackouts that left 4.3 million people without power while more than 14.6 million were...
    New York (CNN Business)For Mason Ayer, the frigid winter storm that tore through Texas felt like yet another punch in the gut. Power and water outages made it impossible to operate Kerbey Lane Cafe, the small Austin-based chain of coffee shops where he serves as CEO. All eight locations were closed for at least a couple of days. Ayer estimated that during that time, the company lost about $294,000 in sales, plus another $13,000 in spoiled inventory. And because business interruption insurance typically only kicks in as a result of physical property damage, he's not expecting insurance to cover those lost sales."This storm hits, and it's the last thing in the world our industry needed," he said. "But it seems fitting, given everything else that's happened over the course of the last year." Kerbey Lane Cafe locations were closed during the storm.Restaurant operators in Texas were just starting to...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The extreme winter weather could cost more than any storm in Texas history. According to the Texas Tribune, the disaster could exceed 2017 damages from Hurricane Harvey — which cost the state $125 billion. READ MORE: President Biden And First Lady Headed To Houston To View Winter Storm Damage While the hurricane devastated the Gulf Coast region of Texas, the winter storms impacted all 254 counties in the state. So far, state and local governments have spent $90 million. READ MORE: Marble-Sized Hail Falls On Parts Of North Texas When factoring the losses the human cost must also be considered. In Harris County alone — which includes Houston — 16 people froze to death. Medical examiners determined all the victims died from hypothermia and most were found inside their homes. When asked about residents in every county in the state having some type of loss from...
    (CBS NEWS) – The economic impact of Texas’ weeklong freeze and power outages could rival the damage caused by some of the most destructive hurricanes ever to hit the U.S., according to an estimate from economists in the state. As winter storms swept across much of the country last week, they shuttered oil and gas production, food processing facilities and manufacturing plants while plunging millions of people into darkness for days on end. READ MORE: Heavy Smoke Seen Across North Texas As 5-Alarm Fire Burns At Foam Recycling Plant Now many homeowners are dealing with burst pipes and other property damage from the unprecedented snow and cold. READ MORE: Our Death Totals Should Begin To Decline Says Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins On COVID-19 The Perryman Group, a Texas-based economic research firm, projected that Winter Storm Uri could end up costing a total of $195 billion on the low end and...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Police arrested a second suspect in a deadly shooting last December. Police said officers arrested, Frederick Daniels, 27, on Wednesday, Feb. 24, for the murder of Taboric Lee, 32. READ MORE: Damage From Texas Winter Storms Leads To Deluge Of Cleanup Job Openings Frederick Daniels (Dallas PD) Lee was shot and killed in the 1600 block of Caldwell Avenue on December 14, 2020. Daniels’ alleged accomplice, Edward Sims, 35, was arrested for the murder on Feb. 8. READ MORE: Should Texas Taxpayers Pay For Exorbitant Electricity Bills From Winter Storms? Daniels’s bond has not yet been set. Police said they had been looking for Daniels since early January. MORE NEWS: We Improved Traffic Flow: Less Headache Getting COVID-19 Vaccine At Dallas Fair Park Thursday Police have released no other details about the crime or relationships between the suspects and the victim.
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It may be the only positive side effect of last week’s winter storms. Hundreds of new jobs are available to help repair damage across North Texas. READ MORE: Should Texas Taxpayers Pay For Exorbitant Electricity Bills From Winter Storms? One company has announced 1,000 job openings in Texas that don’t require technical skills and 650 of those jobs are in Dallas-Fort Worth. A hiring company called, PeopleReady is looking for storm recovery workers. By that, they mean people who can help tear out wet carpet or use sledgehammers to demolish damaged walls. READ MORE: We Improved Traffic Flow: Less Headache Getting COVID-19 Vaccine At Dallas Fair Park Thursday The jobs are short-term running from two weeks to as long as six months and pay $15 an hour. It’s an opportunity for those still out of work from the pandemic to generate some income while helping those who...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott as well as lawmakers have promised to help the tens of thousands of Texans hit with high electric bills but they haven’t said how or who will end up paying for it. “It is outrageous for residents to be saddled with skyrocketing power bills,” Gov. Abbott said during a televised address on Wednesday, Feb. 24. “The state is already investigating multiple electric providers about these spikes.” READ MORE: We Improved Traffic Flow: Less Headache Getting COVID-19 Vaccine At Dallas Fair Park Thursday Last week, when the temperatures dropped and power plants froze across the state, the wholesale price of electricity skyrocketed. For tens of thousands of Texans who are on electric plans based on a real time prices, like Griddy, they were slammed with high bills. “It just blows my mind. I really did think it was a mistake,” said Ty Williams of...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – In the middle of record low temperatures, Ty Williams of Arlington received a home electric bill so high he couldn’t believe it – $11,527.89. “And that’s just for half of February,” said Williams. “It just blows my mind. I really did think it was a mistake. There is no way that this is happening.” Based on Williams’ electricity usage, had he been on a fixed rate plan ($0.11 per kWh), his bill would have been $334.70. Other customers of the electric company Griddy also reported astronomical bills. “They (Griddy) took $300 from my account on the 13th and then took another $300 on the 15th,” said Kristin Schlinker of Arlington, who, like most Griddy customers, is on a pay as you go plan. “I just about had a heart attack. It was crazy!” Griddy is a wholesale electric retail provider. For a monthly fee of $9.99,...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott will deliver a televised statewide address at 6:02 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the recent power outages experienced across Texas and the state’s ongoing recovery response to the winter storm. On Tuesday, five leaders of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), including the board chairman and board vice chairman, resigned effective Wednesday. READ MORE: Dont Get In A 5-Hour Line: Thousands Show Up At Dallas Fair Park For COVID-19 Vaccinations A sixth person who was planning to fill a board seat, has withdrawn as a candidate. READ MORE: Keirun Amie Arrested For Murder Of 18-Year-Old Jasper Green On Dallas North Central Expressway Service Road Last Summer The resignations follow power outages that left millions of Texans in the cold for days during one of coldest winter blasts in decades. MORE NEWS: Active Weather Pattern That Produced Historic Winter Storms Brings Weekend Rain More...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in Dallas arrested a 16-year-old for the killing of Kenneth Henderson, 62, on January 27, 2021. The teen was taken to the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center and charged with murder, a felony of the first degree. READ MORE: It Really Does Exacerbate It: Texas Students Already Struggling During Pandemic, Now Hit With Winter Storms Impact Henderson was found with a fatal gunshot wound in the 8600 block of Old Hickory Trail. READ MORE: North Texas State Senator To Refile Past Bill Calling For Threat Assessment Of Texas Electric Grid He died three weeks later. MORE NEWS: 5 ERCOT Board Members Announce Resignations In Wake Of Statewide Power Outages During Winter Storms  
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The so-called “COVID slide” could be even worse after last week’s storms. Experts say the continued interruption of school could make our children’s learning loss even more pronounced. READ MORE: North Texas State Senator To Refile Past Bill Calling For Threat Assessment Of Texas Electric Grid It’s a concern for parents everywhere: The longer the pandemic goes, the greater the gap in their education. “I just worry for all of the kids who aren’t maybe getting the learning and the education and structure that they need, and that’s really scary for me,” said parent Carrie Paschall. “I would love to see kids get back in school 100 percent. “I have a big concern. Are they lacking in education? I think that they probably are,” said parent Amy Deal. Education policy expert and author Elliot Haspel said this month’s storms – and the aftermath – are yet another...
    AUSTIN—The State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, and legal aid providers across the state remind Texans that a toll-free legal assistance hotline is available to low-income individuals and families affected by the Texas winter storms that began February 11. The hotline—800-504-7030—is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese and connects low-income individuals affected by the disaster with local legal aid providers who can help with: READ MORE: 5 ERCOT Board Members Announce Resignations In Wake Of Statewide Power Outages During Winter Storms Assistance securing government benefits as they are made available; Assistance with life, medical, and property insurance claims; Help with home repair contracts and contractors; Replacement of wills and other important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster; Consumer protection issues such as price-gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process; Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems; and Counseling on landlord-tenant problems. Callers to the...
    (CNN)Katrina Tanner typically pays around $120 a month for her electric bill during the winter. But last week, as a winter storm caused power outages for millions of fellow Texans, her power stayed on -- and she saw online that her bill was $6,225."I felt almost guilty with these people not having electricity that I was complaining about my bill," she told CNN on Monday. "At the same time, my complaint is: How am I gonna pay this?" Tanner is just one of a number of Texans who now face exorbitant electric bills after last week's widespread power issues, which caused life threatening blackouts and shortages of water, food and medicine. How exactly did these customers get such high bills? Those closely familiar with Texas's energy market say these power costs are less a bug than a feature of the state's deregulated system.Read MoreWhile the vast majority of Texans pay...
    (CBSDFW.COM) – Four members, including the board chairman and vice chairman, of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas board are resigning effective Wednesday, Feb. 24. The resignations follow power outages that left millions of Texans in the cold for days during one of coldest winter blasts in decades. READ MORE: Gov. Abbott Sets Special Election Date To Fill Late North Texas Congressman Ron Wrights Seat According to a filing on Tuesday, Feb. 23, “ERCOT hereby provides notice that all four Unaffiliated Directors currently serving on the ERCOT Board – Sally Talberg (Board Chairman), Peter Cramton (Board Vice Chairman), Terry Bulger (Finance and Audit Committee Chairman) and Raymond Hepper (Human Resources and Governance Committee Chairman) – are resigning, effective upon the adjournment of the February 24, 2021… ERCOT further notifies the Commissioners that, effective February 23, 2021, Craig S. Ivey, whose application intended to fill the sole prior Unaffiliated Director vacancy...
    By Maegan Vasquez | CNN President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Houston on Friday as Texas works to recover from major winter storms and power outages. “The President will meet with local leaders to discuss the winter storm, relief efforts, progress toward recovery and the incredible resilience shown by the people of Houston and Texas,” Psaki said at Tuesday’s White House press briefing, outlining some of the details. “While in Texas, the President will also visit a Covid health center where vaccines are being distributed,” she added. Psaki said additional details of the trip are still coming together and will be released once they are finalized. Severe winter storms earlier this month left millions of Texans without electricity for days. At least 29 deaths have been reported as a result of the storms. Currently, over 11,000 electric customers in Texas remain without power, according to...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office has issued an alert for consumers and a warning for businesses about price gouging. “Price gouging will not be tolerated in Tarrant County. All reports of price gouging will be referred immediately to the Texas Attorney General for investigation and prosecution as required by law,” said Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson. READ MORE: Firefighters Called Out Early Battling 2-Alarm Tire Shop Fire In Dallas After the winter storm that left millions of Texans without electricity and water there are concerns about businesses hiking prices for products ranging from bottled water to plumbing materials. A nearly empty shelf of drinking water is seen at a drugstore on March 10, 2020. (credit: Liu Guanguan/China News Service via Getty Images) While Texas law prevents price gouging when there’s a disaster, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division investigates reports of price gouging...
    Since February 11, 2021, Texans have been enduring unprecedented winter weather and snowstorms. Millions of people lost power and water, grocery store shelves quickly became empty, and pipes burst, causing severe damage to many homes. As of February 22, 2021, there are still over 15,000 people without power and around 8.7 million without water. At least 32 individuals have died in Texas so far. The extreme cold has also impacted animals and wildlife in Texas. Thousands of “cold-stunned” sea turtles have been rescued, 12 primates at a sanctuary died due to a loss of power,  and shelters have been working non-stop to find fosters for animals that have been left outside. Amidst this type of crisis, our elected officials should be working as hard as they can to support their struggling constituents. In some ways, this is true. President Biden authorized disaster relief through the Federal Emergency Management Agency...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — More assistance for Texans, this time from the Internal Revenue Service, after a deadly winter storm left millions in the state without power and water. The IRS announced Monday that it is giving all Texas residents and businesses an additional two months to file their federal income taxes. This means Texans now have until June 15 to file their returns and pay what they owe. READ MORE: Texas AG Ken Paxton Was In Utah After Deadly Winter Storm Caused Power Outages Across The State The automatic extension applies to a variety of tax filing and payment deadlines that originally fell between February 11 and April 15. For example, it will cover individual tax returns normally due on April 15 as well as quarterly estimated income tax payments due the same day, plus certain 2020 business returns that were due on March 15. It also covers quarterly payroll...
    (CNN)Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, left Texas and traveled to Utah last week while the state was being rocked by severe winter storms. Paxton's campaign spokesperson, Ian Prior, would not tell CNN when the couple had departed or returned but said the attorney general "did not leave Texas until after power had returned to most of the state, including his own home.""Attorney General Paxton attended a previously planned meeting with the attorney general of Utah to discuss several matters," Prior said, listing a law enforcement scenario simulator demonstration and "strategizing" on a Google lawsuit as some of the reasons for the travel. Paxton's trip makes him the second high-profile Republican to leave the state during the crisis, after Sen. Ted Cruz was spotted on a plane headed to Cancun, Mexico, last week while millions of Texans were left without power or water. After...
    The IRS announced Monday that it is extending the tax-filing deadline to June 15 for victims of the winter storms in Texas. The extension applies to individuals and businesses in the entire state of Texas. Taxpayers in other areas impacted by the storms that received disaster declarations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will also be eligible, the IRS said. The IRS announcement postpones for eligible taxpayers the April 15 deadline for filing 2020 individual and business tax returns, as well as the April 15 deadline for quarterly estimated income tax payments. The IRS said that taxpayers in the areas impacted by the storms do not need to contact the agency to get the extension. Any taxpayers who receive late filing or late payment penalty notices for due dates that occur during the postponement period can call the agency to get the penalties abated. Last year, the IRS extended the...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Families of Texans who lost their lives during the power outages are now suing their electrical companies and ERCOT for failing to keep their power on. CAN TEXANS ERCOT? READ MORE: Southern California Marines And Sailors Support Arlington COVID-19 Vaccination Center Texans can sue ERCOT, but it is possible that the lawsuits could be dismissed. That decision, many legal experts believe, lies with the Texas Supreme Court. Family of 95-year-old Doyle Austin, a Harris County resident, say he died last Tuesday from hypothermia. The attorney says Mr. Austin was found dead in his home after losing power for nearly three days. The temperatures outside were below freezing. The family is filing a complaint against their electric provider CenterPoint Energy and ERCOT alleging gross negligence. “Next Tuesday would have been his birthday,” family attorney Larry Taylor said. “So you go from planning a birthday celebration to planning a...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday, Feb. 22, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved an additional 31 Texas counties to be added to the President’s Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance. The Governor originally requested Individual Assistance for all 254 Texas counties on February 13. READ MORE: North Texas Homeowners Eligible For Federal Disaster Assistance Through HUD On February 20, the White House partially approved Texas’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration. The partial approval included Individual Assistance in 77 counties and for Public Assistance (Emergency Protective Measures Only) in all 254 counties. The Major Disaster Declaration allows for victims to apply for financial assistance from FEMA for things like repairs and refund for hotel stays, but applicants must request the help within 60 days. To apply, click here or call 800- 621-3362. Armstrong said you will need to provide information about the location of...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday, Feb. 22, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved an additional 31 Texas counties to be added to the President’s Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance. The Governor originally requested Individual Assistance for all 254 Texas counties on February 13. READ MORE: North Texas Homeowners Eligible For Federal Disaster Assistance Through HUD On February 20, the White House partially approved Texas’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration. The partial approval included Individual Assistance in 77 counties and for Public Assistance (Emergency Protective Measures Only) in all 254 counties. The Major Disaster Declaration allows for victims to apply for financial assistance from FEMA for things like repairs and refund for hotel stays, but applicants must request the help within 60 days. To apply, click here or call 800- 621-3362. Armstrong said you will need to provide information about the location of...
    (CNN)Monica Ware, a mother of four, says the broken water pipes that flooded her Houston home as winter storms pounded Texas last week have destroyed nearly all of the family's belongings. "We used everything we had on (a) hotel this week," Ware told CNN affiliate KTRK. "After this, it's like, where are we going to go?"While state officials work to turn the lights back on for the remaining Texas households still in the dark and address widespread water disruptions, some residents are faced with damage that could take weeks -- or months -- to recover from. Heres how a week of frigid weather and catastrophe unfolded in Texas"For many people in our city with means, with insurance, this week has been a significant inconvenience, but they have the means and ability to quickly transition and move forward," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news conference late last week. "For...
    OVER a third of Texans still remain without water on Sunday even as state government officials promise less disruptions while the state enters its second week with frigid temperatures and people still without power. While a number of people have had water restored to their homes, more than 1,200 public water systems in the state still reported disruptions in their service, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported. 4Over a third of Texans are still without water as the state enters week two of power outagesCredit: AP:Associated Press 4People are going without power, gas, water or heat as they demand answers from state officialsCredit: AFP or licensors Over 8.8 million Texans, or about one third of the state's 29 million people, reported outages, spread across 199 counties in the state. Over 250 boil-water notices were rescinded, TCEQ's media specialist Gary Rasp noted, but still was not enough for others...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Busted pipes. Pluming problems. Flooding. Last week’s winter storms left many North Texas renters with extensive damage and, in some cases, unlivable conditions. Many are left wondering what to do next and what their options are. READ MORE: Texas Mayor Says There Will Be Hell To Pay If Residents Are Stuck With High Energy Bills She thought she was out of the woods and a three-day power outage was over. “I finally sat down to eat a hot meal at 7 o’clock that night, Wednesday, and had about three bites of soup when all of the sudden my cat jumped and looked beneath my feet and there was water streaming below my feet,” Jennifer Styers said. “It is all over my floor, coming out of my ceiling, my whole upstairs,” she said. And this wasn’t even the worst of what happened at Styers’ Dallas apartment complex. At...
    Roads were covered with snow and sleet on February 15, 2021, in Spring, Texas. David J. Phillip/AP Some Texans were hit with $5,000 utility bills after winter storms caused prices to surge. On Sunday, regulators said electric providers are banned from shutting off service for unpaid bills. A news release said the orders are "intended to be temporary, likely through the end of this week." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Public Utility Commission of Texas said Sunday that electricity companies would be temporarily banned from cutting off service due to unpaid bills. Gov. Greg Abbott announced the move earlier in the day, following an emergency meeting that was held on Saturday to address the surging electricity bills some Texans were receiving after the devastating winter storm. In a news release about the moratorium, the PUCT said that they issued a series of orders timed to...
    (CNN)Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota sent a letter to regulators Saturday calling for an investigation into possible price gouging of natural gas in Texas and other areas affected by severe winter storms this month. "While the worst of the crisis has been centered in Texas, the effects have rippled across the entire region, including in Minnesota," Smith wrote in the letter, which was first reported by the Associated Press. "One such ripple effect has been in the natural gas markets, where natural gas spot prices have spiked, in some cases, to nearly 100 times typical levels."Smith specifically requested an investigation into the conditions in the natural gas market over the last week and asked that the acting secretary of the Department of Energy, David Huizenga, and other regulators invoke emergency measures such as the Natural Gas Policy Act, which would regulate natural gas production and transmission."These drastic price increases...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Chicago area community looked to help as Texas continues to go through a crisis caused by recent winter storms."Not only with the power but with water, with the food, it's, it's just heartbreaking," said Myleen Monet, donator.The recent events in Texas inspired Chicagoans to donate non-perishable food and other supplies at 119th and Marshfield Avenue starting Sunday.RELATED: Here's how you can help Texans in need"He said that people were taking their barbeque grills, putting in their houses, just to keep war," said Early Walker, drive organizer.Walker hopes there will be enough community support to fill three semi-trailers by Wednesday evening."Receiving items Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the vacant Jewel lot off 119th Street," Walker said.Walker said Texas is not the only community in need. He plans to send one truck to Memphis, Tenn while the other two trucks will go to...
    (CNN)Water service remained disrupted for about half of the residents of Texas early Sunday, a lingering consequence of the widespread power outages from devastating winter weather and an unprepared infrastructure.More than 1,300 public water systems have reported disruptions in service, with many leading to boil-water notices, according to Gary Rasp, media specialist for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. On Sunday the issues were still affecting more than 14.1 million people -- or slightly less than half the state's population of 29 million -- spread across 197 counties.The water disruptions have been slowly declining now that the majority of power outages have been restored. As of Sunday morning, 145 boil-water notices have been rescinded, Rasp said. The city of Galveston lifted its boil-water notice midday Sunday and is removing water restrictions, according to a post on the city's Facebook page.The water issues are part of the sprawling impacts of extensive...
    JEFFERSON, Texas -- An 11-year-old boy was rescued from an icy Texas pond after a teenager spotted him while walking her dog.Caitlyn Thomas, a high school senior, said she spotted the boy Wednesday in Jefferson, a town about 170 miles east of Dallas.She said she tried knocking on doors of nearby houses, but nobody answered. She also tried getting the police to the scene but had trouble describing her location to 911 dispatchers.In a pinch, she called her grandfather, who quickly arrived with a pickup truck and rope. He and others were able to pull the boy to safety.EMBED More News Videos Texas was hit hard by rare freezing temperatures and winter storms this week, and several ice rescue videos have emerged amid the crisis. Texas was hit hard by rare freezing temperatures and winter storms this week, and several ice rescue videos have emerged amid the crisis.Video from Southlake,...
    (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — Dallas resident DeAndre Upshaw said it was “very shocking” when he opened his latest electricity bill. “While I’m trying to get gas and groceries and make sure that my pipes don’t explode, the last thing I’m thinking about is a $7,000 bill from my utility company,” Upshaw told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield via Skype Saturday. READ MORE: Texas Gov. Abbott Meets With Legislature To Address Spike In Energy Bills As Texas struggles to recover from a deep freeze that has killed dozens, some customers in Texas like Upshaw are facing unprecedented price hikes in their energy bills as a result of the recent snow storm. Texas officials say they are investigating. Texas’ utility regulator, Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), said Saturday that it is investigating “the factors that combined with the devastating winter weather to disrupt the flow of power to millions of Texas homes.” It’s also giving...
    Miami : The president of the United States, Joe Biden, approved this Saturday a major disaster declaration for Texas, unlocking more federal resources to help the state, after the winter storms that have left almost fifty dead and millions of residents without access to services of water and electricity. “Yesterday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that there is a major disaster in the state of Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe winter storms beginning on Sept. 11. February 2021 and continuing, ”the White House announced in a written statement. By last weekend, Biden had already approved an emergency declaration for the state, but the upgrade to the “higher” rating would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide more resources and assistance. This includes, for example, supplemental insurance to help people with uncovered costs or other...
    (CNN)Texans weathering harsh winter conditions will get some relief from the cold Saturday, although many in the state are still without basic utilities. Saturday morning temperatures may be as low as 20 degrees for many inland locations, including Dallas and College Station, but the welcome return of onshore winds and full sunshine will warm the state into the 50's and 60's in the afternoon, CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said. Most of the state will stay above freezing after that initial thaw.A weak cold front is expected Sunday evening, but is expected to bring only minimal impacts. As power is restored for most Texans, water problems begin to mountThe brutal temperatures, ice and snow once had power out for millions of Texas, but as of early Saturday morning, only about 85,000 people in the state were left in the dark, according to PowerOutage.US. However, more than half the population --...
    Pike Electric service trucks line up after a snow storm on February 16, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images Millions of Texans lost power this week as extreme winter weather shut down power plants. The event was not unprecedented, as Texas power plants have been disrupted by cold weather before. Following disruptions in 2011, federal regulators again warned Texas to winterize its power plants. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The severe winter weather in Texas this week showed some power plants in the state were unprepared for the extreme cold — but it wasn't the first time the state has faced this issue. Texas has received warnings about its preparedness going back at least three decades. In 1989 and 2011, Texas experienced significant power disruptions as a result of severe winter storms. Following both events, government regulators recommended power plants in the state prepare...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It may be the weekend, but at school’s around North Texas, work won’t stop. “We have about 75 campuses in the district, and about 25 locations have been affected by this storm,” said Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos. READ MORE: 4 Recovering, 1 In Critical Condition, After Ending Up In Frigid Pond In Irving Park Now, the task for each district is to assess if they were affected by the winter storms, and if so, how bad. In Wiley ISD, at least three to four campuses have had major flooding. While Fort Worth ISD says they’ve seen damage so far in at least 45 to 50 schools. On top of the floods, many are also dealing with connectivity issues from power outages, and boil orders that impact the ability for kids to wash their hands, and for cafeterias to produce food. READ MORE: Keller Restaurants Helping...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – After millions of Texans suffered from widespread power outages this week, the state’s power grid operator, ERCOT, announced Friday morning, Feb. 19, it returned to normal operations for the first time this week. The CEO, Bill Magness, interrupted the news conference. “We just got the notice from the control room that we have left the last stage of emergency operations.” READ MORE: Dallas County Reports 40 More COVID-19-Related Deaths, Only 290 New Cases ERCOT stopped asking companies to impose controlled or rotating outages on customers. However, Magness said power companies spent the day Friday having crews restore power to residents and businesses left in the dark from previous rolling outages or from storm damage such as ice downing power lines. Also Friday, President Joe Biden announced he was having FEMA expedite Governor Greg Abbott’s request for a major disaster declaration. “We’re going to sign that declaration once...
    Five Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, including two from Texas, on Friday criticized the state's preparedness ahead of this week's deadly winter storms in a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott (R). “The events of this week demonstrate that there are significant shortcomings in preparations and more must be done to protect communities disproportionately impacted by winter power outages,” the letter said.  The message penned by Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Democratic Reps. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushOver 40 lawmakers sign letter urging Merrick Garland to prioritize abolishing death penalty Woman who lived in church three years goes home under Biden deportation freeze Congress: Support the ARC Act to prevent amputations MORE (Ill.), Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteDemocrats argue Trump will incite violence again LIVE COVERAGE: Democrats conclude case against Trump House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot MORE (Colo.), Marc VeaseyMarc Allison VeaseyThe Memo: Democrats...
    February 19, 2021 1:56 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. At least 47 people have died and millions of residents are still without power or running water on Friday under two winter storms that have covered snow and ice from Texas to northern Ohio. Local authorities have reported deaths related to extraordinarily low temperatures, with The Washington Post reporting that at least 30 of those deaths occurred in Texas. At least 5 people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of combustion heaters in environments without the necessary ventilation and another 17 people, according to the Post, have died from exposure to the cold. According to the Univisión chain, in the city of Conroe (Texas), Cristian Piñeda, 11, died from the cold when, together with his family from Honduras, he slept for the second night in a mobile home without electricity. The states most affected by...
    AUSTIN, Texas -- A couple who placed an order for a grocery delivery during Sunday's winter storm in Texas ended up sheltering the delivery driver for days when her car got stuck in their yard.Chelsea Timmons told "Good Morning America" she was on her way to deliver her last H.E.B. grocery order of the day and started driving up the customers' steep driveway at their home in Austin. Her car then began slipping downhill and landed in a flower bed in front of the home. She couldn't get her car out of the yard, as conditions were too icy."I'm a native Texan. That's just not something we deal with on a regular basis," she said.She called the customers, Nina Richardson and Doug Condon, to let them know that she was stuck. They, too, tried to get the car to move, but it continued to slide backward even when they made...
    More On: accuweather Snow way out: Weather-weary NYC set to be buried by lingering storm Oh snow, not again! Another winter storm set to wallop NYC Here’s how much snow NYC could see later this week Icy blast of winter weather to hit New York metro area The total economic impact from the winter storms ravaging Texas and other states from coast to coast could be as high as $50 billion, according to the founder and CEO of AccuWeather. To put the number into perspective, AccuWeather’s estimate for the entire 2020 hurricane season — the most active hurricane season on record — was between $60 billion and 65 billion. “We have been experiencing one of the stormiest patterns seen in decades,” said AccuWeather’s Joel Myers, who has been studying the economic impact of severe weather for over 50 years. “The damage has been exacerbated by the record-cold temperatures that...
    President Joe Biden personally called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday to discuss the severe winter weather crippling power and water infrastructure in the state, according to the White House. “President Biden conveyed his support to the people of Texas in this trying time,” the White House said about the call. “He reiterated that the federal government will continue to work hand-in-hand with state and local authorities in Texas to bring relief and address the critical needs of the families affected.” The White House also posted a photo of Biden speaking with Abbott on Twitter. Tonight, I called Governor Greg Abbott to discuss the ongoing situation in Texas and identify ways we can support the state’s recovery from this storm. I made clear to the Governor that I’ll work relentlessly to get his state what they need. pic.twitter.com/UBwH8DMep2 — President Biden (@POTUS) February 19, 2021 Biden spoke with Abbott after...
    (CNN)As Texas begins restoring power after a devastating series of outages during a week of freezing temperatures and winter storms, the state is confronting a new crisis: overwhelmed water systems that could extend misery for a vast swath of the population. Leaks caused by frozen pipes have pushed the water supply to the brink. About 13 million Texans, nearly half the state's population, remained under a boil-water advisory Thursday, according to Executive Director for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Toby Baker. More than 700 water supply systems are impacted. In Austin alone, the state capital's water supply lost 325 million gallons due to burst pipes, Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros said during a press conference Thursday."We know that there are tens of thousands of leaks," Meszaros said. "As the fire department indicated they have responded to thousands upon thousands of burst pipes."At the peak from Tuesday night into Wednesday,...
              Unlike Texas, Tennessee has been blessed to largely keep the electricity on during the winter storms, with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) crediting its diverse generation assets. Although thousands of homes throughout the Tennessee Valley have lost power at different times thanks to issues like trees falling on transmission lines, electric generation in the Volunteer State has held up despite the high demands from below-freezing temperatures. Nearly half of the wind turbines located in Texas froze in the winter weather, Breitbart reported. Millions of customers across Texas suffered blackouts, partly due to the turbine problems. Meanwhile, the TVA has kept up with electric demand, The Tennessean reported. TVA generates 40 percent of its capacity through its nuclear power plants. Most of those plants were at full capacity on Monday and Tuesday. Aaron Paul Melda, transmission and power supply senior vice president, told the newspaper, “We have...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Norris Cochran declared a public health emergency for the state of Texas on Feb. 17, due to the recent winter storms. This declaration follows President Biden’s emergency declaration for the state of Texas last week. The recent HHS action allows the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to give healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs in disasters. “As communities across Texas are facing the aftermath of severe winter weather that is unusual for the area, we are ready to provide critical support,” said HHS Acting Secretary Cochran. “The public health emergency declaration and Social Security Act waiver will help ensure our department’s continued ability to protect access to healthcare – particularly for those with Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. HHS stands ready to assist the state of...
    A man walks to his friend's home in a neighbourhood without electricity as snow covers the BlackHawk neighborhood in Pflugerville, Texas, U.S. February 15, 2021. Picture taken February 15, 2021. Bronte Wittpenn/Austin American-Statesman/USA Today Network via Reuters A rare winter storm has left hundreds of thousands of Texans without power, heat, and water. Deaths are mounting across the state as freezing temperatures and food and water shortages persist. Here is a list of organizations and nonprofits accepting donations to help those in need. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Following one of the worst winter storms in the state in years, millions of Texans were left without power and heat after frigid temperatures stalled natural gas production that caused mass power outages across the region this week. Though power has been restored for most, more than 400,000 households across the state were still experiencing outages Thursday afternoon,...
    Power has been restored to more Texans, with fewer than half a million homes still without electricity. But many people were still without safe drinking water after winter storms wreaked havoc on the state’s power grid and utilities this week. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says 7 million people have been ordered to boil their water before consuming it, following days of record low temperatures that damaged infrastructure and froze pipes. The cold weather is driving people to do things and go places they wouldn’t have imagined just a few days ago out of fear of putting themselves in danger of getting infected by the coronavirus. Without heat or running water, some are staying with relatives or friends, or flocking to shelters or even stores to escape the intolerable conditions. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, infectious...
    February 18, 2021 1:22 PM | 15 minutes 15 minutes. The Republican senator for the state of Texas, Ted Cruz, received criticism this Thursday after he went on vacation to Cancun with his family in the middle of one of the worst winter storms that his state has registered. Texas politicians and officials, as well as social media users showed their anger towards Cruz after the news broke. Several people posted photos of the senator lining up at the airport, waiting in a VIP area and inside the plane. Ted Cruz’s trip comes in the midst of one of the worst winter storms in Texas. Dozens of people have died from the storm. Beto O’Rourke, who was his Democratic rival in the Senate race, criticized Cruz’s trip. “I understand you are vacationing in Cancun now, while people are literally freezing to death.” For his part, the Dallas County...
    Thousands of turtles have been rescued from freezing waters in Texas Supreme Court is still sitting on Trumps tax returns, and justices arent saying why © LM Otero/Getty Images Freezing weather in Texas has hit US oil production LM Otero/Getty Images US futures slipped on Thursday morning after a rise in bond yields in recent days. WTI oil rose above $61, with US production falling 40% due to extreme cold weather. US stocks were mixed on Wednesday, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq slipping 0.58%. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. US stock futures slipped on Thursday morning as investors weighed a rise in borrowing costs over recent days that could drag on equities markets. Load Error Meanwhile, energy prices jumped as freezing weather continued to pummel Texas, knocking oil production by around 40%. S&P 500 futures were 0.38% lower at...
    (CNN)There is no fine time for a devastating barrage of winter storms, but it's hard to imagine the weather icing over much of the United States coming at a less opportune moment.The country is not only in a pandemic that shut down all manner of activity and left tens of millions of Americans unemployed, but it's also in the early stages of a Covid-19 vaccination campaign that has provided the first hope in a year that the nation is nearing normalcy. Days of snow, ice and freezing rain are further kinking up a vaccine rollout that has been far from flawless, depriving doses from seniors and essential workers on deadline for their second doses. From Texas to New York, officials are weighing the weather system's impact, and even states such as Colorado and Florida that escaped the worst of winter's wrath are experiencing shipment delays as a result of the...
    (CNN)The misery for millions caused by unseasonably cold weather and widespread power outages in Texas is far from over as freezing temperatures are forecast again for Thursday. However, officials with the agency responsible for most of the state's power system said the outlook was improving -- and outages had dropped by at least 20% late Wednesday, according to Poweroutage.us.The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the target of much of the anger over the power collapse, said local utilities may be able to return to rotating outages instead of extended outages "by morning.""We're at a point in the restoration where we're going to keep energizing circuits as fast as we safely can until we run out of available generation," ERCOT Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin said in a statement Wednesday night. "We hope to make significant progress overnight."However, relief still awaits many who have been stuck in freezing...
    (CNN)Dozens of people across the United States have died from a spate of winter storms-- and now the weather is threatening to pummel the mid-Atlantic and Northeast with snow and ice. More than 100 million people stretching from Texas to Massachusetts are under a winter storm warning or winter weather advisory. And tales of hardship caused by the deep freeze have multiplied across the region over the past few days. The blistering cold weather that has brought blankets of snow and widespread power outages in Texas as well as Oklahoma is expected to move east Thursday, bringing with it a half an inch of ice to parts of North Carolina and Virginia, according to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.Washington, DC will be coated in snow, sleet and freezing rain by Thursday morning, while New York should see six to eight inches of snow in the afternoon, Ward said.Read MoreDeadly storm system...
    Icy roads cause traffic delays on I-35 on February 15, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather to Texas, causing traffic delays and power outages, and storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation Montinique Monroe/Getty Images Healthcare systems in Texas are suffering after a winter storm caused mass blackouts in the region. Two Austin-area hospitals issued statements regarding water outages on Wednesday, according to KXAN. The region is also facing burst pipes, power outages, and another bout of incoming winter weather. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Following a rare winter storm that left millions of Texans without power this week, hospitals across the state have begun reporting water- and heat-related issues, just as a new storm threatens to prolong icy conditions in the region. Two Austin-area hospitals issued statements on Wednesday regarding reports of...
    Vehicles drive on snow and sleet covered roads on Monday in Spring, Texas. AP Photo/David J. Phillip A Texas city mayor resigned after saying it was people's fault if they froze in the deadly storm. Colorado City Mayor Tim Boyd said people shouldn't expect help and "Only the strong will survive." The storm has killed more than 20 people and cut off power to millions. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The mayor of a Texas city resigned after telling people that it was their own fault if they were suffering in the vast power outage that struck the state amid a historic cold snap. Tim Boyd, the mayor of Colorado City, Texas, accused his constituents of looking for a "handout" as power went out across the state. He encouraged residents with no water to "think outside the box to survive." The outburst came in a since-deleted...
            by Bethany Blankley  The area currently covered by winter storm warnings over the continental U.S. is larger than the land area of Alaska. Multiple winter storms are bringing snow, ice and dangerously cold temperatures as more than 100 million Americans are under a winter weather advisory, according to the National Weather Service. “You just don’t see temperatures forecast this cold in this part of the world,” IBM Meteorological Scientist Mike Ventrice, said. “The Deep South is embracing for extreme cold weather-related major power disruptions.” The NWS warns of a “myriad of winter weather hazards across the continental U.S.” over the next few days, including heavy snowfall throughout the Pacific Northwest and icy weather and slick travel conditions in the mid-Atlantic. It forecasts temperatures dropping to minus 30 degrees in some parts of the country, with “life-threatening wind chills” between negative 30 to negative 60 degrees...
    David Phillip/ AP Millions still don't have power in Texas, and Austin power providers have said outages will continue. Austin Energy said that outages will likely extend into Wednesday. The privately-owned Electric Reliability Council of Texas has not provided a clear timeline either. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Energy utility services across major cities in Texas, like Austin and Houston, have told residents to prepare for at least another night of power outages. In Austin, the public energy utility service tweeted that the outages, now in their second day amid snowstorm Uri and freezing temperatures in the state, will extend into Wednesday. The announcement came Tuesday as the state's privately owned Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) told legislators that power grid operators currently can't predict when outages might end. On Tuesday, ERCOT also asked Austin Energy to shed more power and shut off more facilities,...
    The area currently covered by winter storm warnings over the continental U.S. is larger than the land area of Alaska. Multiple winter storms are bringing snow, ice and dangerously cold temperatures as more than 100 million Americans are under a winter weather advisory, according to the National Weather Service. “You just don't see temperatures forecast this cold in this part of the world," IBM Meteorological Scientist Mike Ventrice, said. "The Deep South is embracing for extreme cold weather-related major power disruptions.” The NWS warns of a "myriad of winter weather hazards across the continental U.S." over the next few days, including heavy snowfall throughout the Pacific Northwest and icy weather and slick travel conditions in the mid-Atlantic. It forecasts temperatures dropping to minus 30 degrees in some parts of the country, with "life-threatening wind chills" between negative 30 to negative 60 degrees in the north-central U.S....
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that although President Joe Biden was “monitoring” states drastically affected by winter storms, he had not yet personally reached out to their governors. “The president has been kept abreast as I noted of the events and been provided regular updates on the storm and the progress,” Psaki said during the White House press briefing Tuesday afternoon. Freezing temperatures have paralyzed power generation plants, leading to rolling blackouts across the south-central part of the country and leaving millions without power. Psaki informed the press that Biden’s Homeland Security adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over the weekend when he called to ask Biden to declare a federal emergency for the state to trigger federal support for storm victims. Psaki said that Sherwood-Randall also called other governors — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Mississippi...
    As millions of Texas were left in the darkness and cold during a massive winter storm, Texas leaders began pointing fingers and calling for investigations. The Texas Legislature will now address reform of the state’s electrical grid as an “emergency item” and seek answers as to why electric producers and distribution systems failed miserably. Texas Governor Greg Abbott blamed private power production companies on Monday, KTRK ABC 13 reported. He said these companies that use a variety of electricity production methods “fell short” and called the winter storm the season’s version of “Hurricane Harvey.” “The people who have fallen short with regard to the power are the private power generation companies,” Abbott told the Houston ABC affiliate. “There’s a separate part of the system that is not working right now, and those are the private companies that generate the power that goes into ERCOT,” the governor said. The winter storm...
    Vehicles drives on snow-and sleet-covered roads in Spring, Texas, on February 15, 2021. David J. Phillip/AP Extreme cold weather across much of the US has led to the temporary closure of vaccination sites. States including Texas, Missouri, and Alabama, have paused vaccination programs to keep people off the roads. In at least one case, vaccine supplies were put at risk when a backup generator failed. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The extreme weather and bitter cold battering much of the US has caused the closure of COVID-19 vaccination sites across the country and put vaccine supplies into jeopardy in some locations.  Missouri, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, and New Hampshire are among the states that announced the temporary closure of health clinics and vaccination sites due to the weather.  In Detroit, Michigan, more than 3,000 vaccine appointments were put on hold on Sunday. The city is expecting between...
    HOUSTON - Much of the United States was in the icy grip of an "unprecedented" winter storm on Monday as frigid Arctic air sent temperatures plunging, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, making driving hazardous and leaving millions without power in Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for the southern state, and the National Weather Service (NWS) said more than 150 million Americans were under winter weather advisories. "I urge all Texans to remain vigilant against the extremely harsh weather," Abbott said in a statement. The NWS described conditions as an "unprecedented and expansive area of hazardous winter weather" from coast-to-coast. More than 2.7 million people were without power in Texas, according to PowerOutage.us, and temperatures in the major metropolis of Houston dipped to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (minus nine Celsius). President Joe Biden issued an emergency declaration for Texas on Sunday providing federal assistance to supplement state relief...
    Much of Texas has been hit by a historic winter cold front, leaving many without power and affecting internet and cell phone services in the state. Downdetector is showing spikes in user reports for T-Mobile and AT&T from Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and the surrounding areas. “We’re experiencing network issues following severe weather in several areas of the country and especially across Texas,” T-Mobile president of technology Neville Ray said in a tweet. “Our teams are working hard to restore service.” We’re experiencing network issues following severe weather in several areas of the country and especially across Texas. Our teams are working hard to restore service. Stay tuned, stay safe and thank you for your patience. — Neville (@NevilleRay) February 15, 2021 In response to a customer reporting service issues in Meadows Place, Texas, AT&T’s support account said that “our team is already working toward a resolution,...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The year 2020 is determined to take us on one final weather rollercoaster ride. Highs Tuesday were in the 60s and low 70s, but be prepared for temperatures to be 20° to 30° cooler by Wednesday afternoon. A strong cold front will move through North Texas on Wednesday, dropping temperatures from the upper 50s and low 60s Wednesday morning into the 30s and 40s by Wednesday afternoon. Factor in a strong north wind behind the front, and wind chills will be in the 20s for most of North Texas by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. And the cooldown isn’t what’s getting the most attention with this storm system. Not only are we expecting widespread and, at times, heavy rain, but we also have the chance for some winter weather in Texas. Expect coverage of showers and storms to expand as the cold front gets closer...
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