HOUSTON, Texas.- Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Judge, offered an update on the situation in the region after the impact of a winter storm that has left millions without electricity, water and enduring freezing temperatures.
“This is not an emergency, this is a disaster,” began Hidalgo in his press conference on Wednesday. The president assured that the situation does not improve and that more than a million residents are still without electricity.
“We have not seen any increase in the number of people with electricity,” said Hidalgo. CenterPoint reported in its latest report that 1,118,770 are still without service.
In addition to the lack of light, there is now a notification to boil the water that will be used for consumption. Harris, Fort Bend and Galveston counties are some of the regions that ask their residents to abide by the measure.
“Many people and hospitals do not have water due to the explosion of pipes,” said the judge, adding that despite the fact that this Wednesday night will be cold with the possibility of sleet, better weather is forecast for the weekend. “Hope is beginning to be seen,” he said.
Federal government help
The White House and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, for its acronym in English) sent supplies to Texas to try to alleviate the state’s emergency due to the winter storm.
Electric generators, blankets and drinking water are some of the resources that were sent by the federal government to help Texans.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said diesel is also being mobilized to ensure the availability of backup electricity.