Federal funds approved for support 77 affected counties
US President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Texas due to severe weather that destroyed the state’s electrical grid. Federal funds are available to 77 of the state’s counties and can be used for “temporary housing and repair grants, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster, ”according to the White House.
“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that there is a major disaster in the state of Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the severe winter storms that began on February 11, 2021 and continued, “the White House said in a written statement Saturday, CNN reported.
According to CNBC, the president plans to visit Texas next week to assess the federal response to the crisis. The federal government has already approved emergency declarations for Texas and other entities affected by the winter storm and has shipped supplies such as generators, blankets and water.
The outlet noted that the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said Friday it has returned to normal conditions and restored power for millions of customers. More than 78,000 customers in the state still did not have electricity as of 10:30 am today, according to the latest data from PowerOutage.us.