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Here's how a week of frigid weather and catastrophe unfolded in Texas

February 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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After a devastating week for the Lone Star state, finally some relief as temperatures rise. But many Texans have only just began recovering from the unprecedented devastation that the rounds of brutal winter storms unleashed over the past seven days.

The frigid temperatures caused pipes to burst, leading to water disruptions for roughly half the state's population.

For some Texans, rolling blackouts begin early Monday morning after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) -- a grid operator controlling about 90% of the state's electric load -- announces it is experiencing a "record-breaking electric demand. "

"Far too many Texans are without power and heat for their homes as our state faces freezing temperatures and severe winter weather. "

"We have been advising people to drip their faucets to prevent pipes from freezing, however due to low water pressure and supply concerns, we are asking citizens to refrain from doing this as much as possible so that we can conserve as much water as possible," officials said in a tweet.

Jordan Orta told CNN she slept in her car Tuesday night with her 2-year-old son because her San Antonio home got too cold without power.

The power outages, which led to burst pipes in unheated homes, are also hampering water plants.

Some 13. 5 million people throughout Texas have experienced water disruptions, with nearly 800 water systems reporting issues like frozen or broken pipes, according to Toby Baker, executive director for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

One Crestview resident told CNN they began grabbing snow off their balcony and are storing it to use as drinking water if their supply doesn't return soon.

Nearly half of the state's population continues to face disruptions in water service due to burst or frozen pipes, many of who remain under boil-water advisories.

In Austin alone, the state capital's water supply lost 325 million gallons due to burst pipes, Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros said in a Thursday news conference.

Austin resident Jenn Studebaker's home has power, but no water.

By Saturday morning, more than 15 million people had been impacted by water disruptions statewide, one official told CNN.

Miles said that for several days their only power came from an emergency generator, and they had no water for a little more than two days.

"It is unacceptable for Texans who suffered through days in the freezing cold without electricity or heat to now be hit with skyrocketing energy costs," the governor said in a statement, adding he was working with other state leaders to find solutions and "ensure that Texans are not on the hook for unreasonable spikes in their energy bills. "

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