Texas storm recovery: Gov. Abbott give update on state efforts


Across Texas, together with within the Houston area, tens of millions stay beneath boil water notices and others are looking for monetary aid.

SAN ANTONIO — Gov. Greg Abbott will present an update Sunday in San Antonio on the state’s efforts to supply water and different resources to communities throughout Texas. 

The winter climate is gone, however now Texans are tasked with cleansing up the mess left behind by the storm we noticed this week. 

TUNE IN: Watch the Texas governor’s update reside right here on KHOU.com or stream it via the KHOU 11 cellular app or the KHOU 11 YouTube channel.

Boil water notices in impact throughout Texas

The energy is again on, however boil water advisories stay in impact for tens of millions of individuals throughout Texas. Bottled water and meals are briefly provide, and residents are coping with the mess left behind by damaged water pipes.

On Saturday, Abbott signed a waiver permitting alcoholic beverage corporations to make use of their truck to ship non-alcoholic grocery provides, together with bottled water and different requirements, to grocery shops in Texas.

The governor’s office mentioned these supply automobiles might help expedite the restocking of merchandise in grocery shops throughout the state.

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Power again on, however power trade beneath microscope

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) launched an investigation into the ability outage to tens of millions of Texas properties. Watch their open meeting.  

The PUC additionally waived deadlines on the Provider of Last Resort program through which retail electrical suppliers volunteer to simply accept the shoppers of different suppliers leaving the market.  These “volunteer” suppliers are required to cost a aggressive rate, moderately than the upper so-called supplier of final resort rate.” The modifications embrace:

  • Extending the registration deadline for REPs prepared to function a volunteer suppliers with the intention to broaden the pool of obtainable suppliers.
  • Delaying buyer transitions to volunteer suppliers till Wednesday, February 24, 2021 to permit the brand new POLR REPs time to register and put together for the inflow of latest clients. 

Environmental Protection Agency has issued waivers to extend entry to gasoline and diesel gas in sure Texas communities impacted by winter climate. These waivers briefly permit for using a further or alternate kind of gas for Texas Low Emissions Diesel and oxygenated gasoline fuels. 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality submitted a request for these waivers Friday, in response to the governor’s office.

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President Biden approves main catastrophe declaration

President Joe Biden has accepted Texas’ request for a serious catastrophe declaration, making federal funding obtainable for individuals affected by the winter storm. 

Brazoria, Brazos, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, Walker, Waller and Wharton counties are all included within the declaration.

Abbott thanked the president, saying it is a huge step for the state’s recovery.

“I thank President Biden for his assistance as we respond to impacts of winter weather across our state,” mentioned Governor Abbott in a launch Saturday. “While this partial approval is a vital first step, Texas will proceed to work with our federal companions to make sure all eligible Texans have entry to the aid they want. The funds offered beneath the Major Disaster Declaration might present essential help to Texans as they start to restore their properties and deal with property injury.”

Biden mentioned he does not need to distract from aid efforts, however will go to Texas quickly when potential.


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