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After a deadly storm, some Texans must change electric providers while others still don't have water

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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For many Texans, basic necessities like clean running water and a stable electricity provider may seem like a pipe dream right now.

It's been a week since a frigid storm engulfed the state, knocking out power and water and leaving millions of Texans freezing in their homes for days.

The frigid weather caused power use to skyrocket and forced several retail electric providers to leave the market, said Andrew Barlow, spokesperson for the Public Utilities Commission.

Texas' utility regulator, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said Saturday it was investigating "the factors that combined with the devastating winter weather to disrupt the flow of power to millions of Texas homes. "

"Texans who have suffered through days of freezing cold without power should not be subjected to skyrocketing energy bills due to a spike in the energy market," Abbott said.

About 8. 6 million people who were still having water disruptions Monday evening, said Gary Rasp, media specialist for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Across the state, more than 1,200 public water systems have faced disruptions, Rasp said.

For residents facing long-term damage, the state plans to bring in plumbers to help fix broken pipes, Abbott said.

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