Millions of Texans still scramble for drinking water after devastating winter storm

People wait in line to fill his propane tanks Wednesday Feb. 17 2021 in Houston

Two large hospitals in the city reported no running water, leading to the cancellation of nonemergency procedures through at least Friday. Authorities said cities and residents will be notified when the water is safe to consume.

A woman walks her dog on Wall the New York Stock Exchange during a snow storm in the Manhattan borough of New York, Feb 18, 2021.

"There is enough generation on the electric system to allow us to begin to return to more normal operating conditions", said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT senior director of system operations, in a statement.

The citywide boil water notice continues, and all customers are asked to boil water for drinking and cooking.

Lisa Thomas said her driveway on a hill in Jackson was a sheet of ice. "Who knows when we'll get plumbing back?"

"People are in dire need here", Thomas said.

In Galveston, a line of cars wrapped around city blocks on Wednesday evening as people waited to collect free water bottles at a distribution site. He was still waiting for it to be replenished three and a half hours after arriving.

Ocasio-Cortez, who last month accused the senator of "trying to get me killed" by stoking claims of election fraud ahead of the January 6 Capitol insurrection, took to Twitter again on Thursday to say Texans should demand the senator's resignation.

The water woes were the latest misery for people across the South who went without heat or electricity for days after the ice and snow storms earlier in the week, forcing rolling blackouts from Minnesota to Texas.

The cascading crises of power outages across Texas due to winter weather lead to another problem - lack of clean water. According to KCC, the loss covers 20 states in the US, with over half of the total in Texas. He said that decision would probably be made at the beginning of next week.

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Biden also tweeted about the storm's impact.

Smaller outages still remained Friday.

At least 69 people across the southern USA states have died, with pressure growing to help fund rescue efforts.

Kimberly Malloy was sheltering in San Antonio, Texas, with her boyfriend and two sons in a house that has not had water for several days.

"What has me most anxious is making sure that people stay warm", Fenton said on "CBS This Morning", while urging people without heat to go to a shelter or warming centre.

As of the week's end, roughly one-quarter of the population of Texas - about seven million people - were under a boil water advisory stemming from issues related to the wintry blasts that struck the state this week.

Compounding the problem was the fact that much of Texas was still experiencing cold weather and snowstorms Thursday, part of a havoc-inducing bout of winter weather that also prompted winter storm warnings in parts of New York, New Jersey and CT through Friday night.

"We're going to sign that declaration once it's in front of me, and God willing, it will bring a lot of relief to a lot of Texans", Biden said.

In Dallas, David Lopez said the plumbing company he works for received more than 600 calls for service over the last week. Much of the statewide concern had turned to water woes.

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