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Texas official on power outages and water problems: “It is a mess”

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A vehicle navigates around a downed tree along Green Valley Road, as the area continues to deal with the fall out from winter weather on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Huntington.

Hundreds of thousands remain without power for a fourth straight day in Texas and nearly 12 million people are facing water disruptions, with cities like Austin issuing boil water notices to residents.

By Judson Jones, Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani and Meg Wagner, CNN

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Hundreds of thousands remain without power for a fourth straight day in Texas and nearly 12 million people are facing water disruptions, with cities like Austin issuing boil water notices to residents.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota the situation is “pretty dire” in his city right now.

Adler said the state needs to better regulate its power system.

“We also need an explanation and an understanding of how…we're not going to get back here again,” Adler said.

From CNN's Jon Passantino

Hundreds of thousands remain without power for a fourth straight day in Texas after some of the coldest weather in decades tripped many of the state's power plants offline, prompting an electricity crisis that at its peak affected some 4. 5 million homes and businesses.

Millions now are facing water disruptions as winter weather continues to grip the state.

Officials are warning the power outages may continue for days to come.

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