A surreal Moment in the historic winter storm that literally froze Texas.
The deadly storm has crashed power supplies and left people are battling the low temperatures with no heat and electricity. Officials in Houston had warned people to prepare for outages and hazardous roads. Earlier, this week, nearly 120 crashes, including a 10-car pileup on I-45, were reported.
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The 2021 winter storm that swept over Texas leaving millions without power will go down on the history books of one of the big ones to hit Texas. A water supply shortage has left many boiling tap water in order to drink it due to pipes bursting in the infrastructure. Without power or heat, some Texans posted videos on social media of them burning old furniture to stay warm. Others shared images of flooding caused by burst pipes and collapsed ceilings.
"We literally just got our power back a half-hour ago after 61 long hours of freezing in this house," Stacey Silverman of Dallas said Wednesday in an interview with Peacock's Zerlina Maxwell.
Silverman's 79-year-old mother has been staying in the house because her pipes burst in the cold and flooded her home.
She blamed the state for what she said was years of neglect and underinvestment. "This is not a natural disaster, what happened," she said. "Our state government has completely failed us."
Water shortages are affecting other states, too.
In Shreveport, Louisiana, city fire trucks delivered water to several hospitals, and bottled water was being brought in for patients and staff, Shreveport television station KSLA reported.