Over 14 million Texans still don’t have safe drinking water in their homes

(*14*)HOUSTON – More than 14 million Texans still don’t have safe drinking water in their homes after a strong winter storm burst pipes and knocked out energy throughout the state this week.

(*14*)Toby Baker, government director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, stated the variety of the state’s 7,000 public water programs affected by the winter storm has elevated from Friday to 1,445, however the inhabitants affected by these water programs has dropped barely to 14.3 million. He stated about 156,000 homes have no water service in any respect, which is down from 352,000 reported Friday.

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(*14*)According to Baker, the problem for lots of the programs is discovering labs to course of the 24-hour assessments which might be required earlier than a boil water discover will be lifted. He stated the state has established a hotline to help officers with finding an open lab. He stated there are 79 labs throughout Texas that will probably be working by way of the weekend to course of the assessments.


(*14*)Chief Nim Kidd, of the Texas Department of Emergency Management, stated about 3 million bottles of water will probably be distributed by the top of Saturday, with one other 6.9 million having been ordered or obtained. Kidd stated the state has additionally ordered 250,000 meals-ready-to-eat to be distributed with one other 5 million meals on the way in which.

(*14*)Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris, of the Texas Military Department, stated each National Guard and Air Force plane are getting used to fly provides throughout the state. Norris stated that in some circumstances, Guard members are getting used to assist transport these provides from airfields to distribution websites. The North Carolina National Guard can be sending plane to assist with the mission, Norris stated.

(*14*)Kidd stated solely 77 of the state’s 254 counties are a part of the federal catastrophe declaration right now as a result of harm assessments are wanted in order to make sure the remaining counties meet the brink to qualify for federal help.


(*14*)According to Kidd, about 1,700 individuals in the 77 counties at the moment in the catastrophe space have already filed for help with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He stated individuals in the catastrophe space who want help can apply at disasterassistance.gov.

(*14*)Kidd stated Texans also can assist the state full its harm evaluation sooner by finishing an internet kind to report harm that their property has sustained. Go to tdem.texas.gov to seek out the net kind.

(*14*)People who must get rid of particles from their residence repairs can discover details about how to try this on TCEQ’s website.

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