Joe and Jill Biden will travel to Texas on Friday in the aftermath of storm, power cuts and clean water crisis hitting the state
- Joe and Jill Biden will travel to Houston, Texas on Friday
- “ President will meet with local leaders to discuss winter storm relief efforts, ” said White House’s Jen Psaki
- The president will also visit a distribution center for COVID vaccines
- More than 7.9 million people in 202 counties in Texas still had water supply problems
- At least two dozen people died and more than 4 million people lost power
- The power and water shortage in Texas was caused when Winter Storm Uri blew through the state, greatly increasing usage that the state was not prepared for
Joe and Jill Biden will travel to Houston, Texas on Friday, the White House announced, to visit the state recovering from a winter storm.
“ The president will meet with local leaders to discuss winter storm relief efforts, progress towards recovery and the incredible resilience of the people of Houston and Texas, ” White House press Jen Psaki said during her briefing on Tuesday. .
She also said that Biden would visit a COVID health center during his trip to see vaccines being distributed.
Joe and Jill Biden will travel to Houston, Texas on Friday
An aerial drone of cars lining up for a water distribution event at the Fountain Life Center in Houston, Texas
People are waiting in line to enter the HEB supermarket in Austin, Texas
More than 7.9 million people in 202 counties in Texas were still having problems with their water supplies as of Monday night, a spokesman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) told Reuters.
A deadly winter storm caused widespread blackouts in the state last week, which is unaccustomed to extreme cold. At least two dozen people died and more than 4 million people lost power.
The power and water shortage in Texas was caused when Winter Storm Uri blew through the state, driving up the sudden demand for energy.
Texas – which, unlike the rest of the US, runs on its own power grid – was not prepared for it.
Suddenly, everyone in the state needed more energy than ever and there was not enough in reserve. The cold weather also shut down power plants that had not been renovated to withstand the frigid temperatures, despite a similar storm in 2011 that caused the same problems.
Now there are serious questions why those power plants weren’t ready.
ERCOT – the agency responsible for distributing all of the energy in the state – initiated rolling power outages to try and save what was left of the system.
They turned off the power to vast areas of the state to try and preserve the system, but it meant millions of people had no heat, water, or electricity during historically low temperatures.
Some, including 11-year-old Cristian Pavon Pineda, froze to death.
Others died trying to keep warm, including a grandmother and three children, who were killed by a fire they started.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz came under fire for being caught flying in Cancun as residents of his state suffered from the cold
Icicles hang from the State Highway 195 sign in Killeen, Texas
Plumber Randy Calazans with One Call Plumbing fixes a burst pipe in a Houston home
Meanwhile, Republican Senator Ted Cruz has come under fire for being caught flying in Cancun as residents of his state were suffering from the cold. Social media users posted photos of him boarding the flight.
The trip and his efforts to defend it were a public relations disaster for the senator.
He was forced to fly back the next day amid outrage at the trip, defending it by saying he was just a ‘good dad’ and hushing his ‘girls’, who had asked if they could hunt somewhere hot while Texas was frozen.
Cruz had said he was dropping off his daughters and returning to Texas to fight the energy crisis. But he had a large carry-on that suggested he intended to stay more than one night.
He later admitted that he intended to stay “all weekend.”