Texas Snow Storm
After a brutal winter storm that Texas faced last week, many were left without electricity and water for days. The storm caused an increase in demand for electricity and thus a shortage of it that forced millions to loose their power on these cold days. The extreme whether even led to many pipes freezing and bursting in homes without power to heat up the pipes. Many warming centers that had opened up to provide Texans shelter also lost power. It was an unpleasant week for many.
The main reason why Texans lost their power and lacked a sufficient backup was the fact that Texas' power comes from an independent grid, which means they could not import power from other states. Many officials of Texas were originally warned that this power system would fail in cold conditions. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) even mentioned that the system was minutes from crashing and causing a blackout that would last for months.
As a result of the many pipes that burst in homes without electricity, thousands of individuals lack access to water until their pipes are fixed. This process is extremely long because the entire house has to be broken from the inside in order to reach the pipes. After the pipes are repaired, the structure of the house must be rebuilt to how it was previously. Therefore, multiple Texans still lack access to water even nearly a week after recovering from the storm.
These pipe failures have also caused thousands of Texans' homes to flood. This problem is especially dire for apartment dwellers as they live in house units layered on top of one another. Particularly, underserved areas face more worrisome issues when it comes to water supply because of a lack of funding. Furthermore, many food pantries have reached their thresholds for water distribution as the demand has only increased.
Recognizing the urgent need for providing water to individuals without it, Mission Tomorrow plans to organize several water drives in order to help combat this growing issue. By partnering with local food pantries and the City of Dallas, we can reach individuals in Southern Dallas, an underprivileged area, and provide aid. Mission Tomorrow would appreciate if you could help us meet this call through your contributions.