Forecast shows no hint of storm that hit Dallas-Fort Worth, but outages, water problems linger
Just like that, the winter weather that hit Dallas-Fort Worth is long gone.
After hitting 74 on Sunday, the high temperatures are expected to remain mild throughout the week. KXAS-TV (NBC5) forecast Monday will reach 65 and Tuesday will rise to 72.
Despite improving conditions, many people have not yet been able to leave the effects of the storm behind. Some failures are due to equipment failures caused by the brutal cold of the past week. As of 5:30 p.m. Oncor reported around 940 outages, affecting more than 14,000 customers. According to PowerOutage.us, the nationwide outages as of 5:30 p.m. were just over 23,000.
But many more people tidied up after frozen pipes burst or went without safe, reliable water because malfunctions led to cooking warnings.
The cold weather interruption has allowed the North Texans to assess the damage from the storm.
On Friday, President Joe Biden signed a major disaster declaration for 77 storm-hit counties in Texas, including much of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, for people to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency services.
In the midst of the recovery effort, politicians continued to ponder what was primarily responsible for the damage – and how to prevent it from recurring.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on CBS ‘Face the Nation that the state’s power grid should be better prepared for bad weather and that Texas should shoulder the burden of high energy bills, not homeowners.
“Everything that happened in the past week was predictable and preventable,” he said. “The reality is that climate change is real. It’s real and these big storms can happen at any time. The system must be weathered. You need to maintain adequate reserve. “
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price also appeared on Face the Nation and said people will depend on their local leaders to get to the bottom of what’s going on.
“We will require these answers from the state because the state operates the electricity grid and we are the ones who have dealt with the problems on the ground,” she said. “So, yes, they have to come up with solid answers and solutions.”
Others continued to criticize the Texas Electric Reliability Council, which runs the state’s electrical grid so as not to better prepare for a major winter storm.
Governor Greg Abbott has ordered an investigation into the failure, but ERCOT officials have defended their efforts and decision to force outages to keep the grid from reaching the breakpoint.
“This was an event that doesn’t happen often,” former US Representative Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, told NBC’s Meet The Press. “The only thing I’ve learned in my government and the CIA is that the only thing about black swans is that black swans actually happen, and we have to be prepared.”
The blackouts have already led to lawsuits against ERCOT and utilities, including a family lawsuit of an 11-year-old boy who is believed to have died of hypothermia. In the legal proceedings it is said that ERCOT has ignored repeated warnings about weak points in the energy infrastructure.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has also filed civil investigative requests against ERCOT and electricity utilities to resolve power outages, contingency plans, and energy prices.
Actions of the governor
For his part, Governor Greg Abbott announced on Sunday that the Texas Public Utility Commission would issue a moratorium on energy companies to ban power outages for non-payment as many people face high electricity bills due to sub-freezing temperatures.
On the deregulated electricity market in Texas, some Texas electricity suppliers charge customers variable wholesale prices per kilowatt hour.
The price per megawatt hour hit $ 9,000 around 10 p.m. Sunday evening and stayed there for much of Monday and all of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, resulting in four-digit utility bills.
Tackling high bills and the state’s power grid failure are a priority for Texan lawmakers, Abbott said.
“We won’t end this session until ERCOT is fully winterized so we won’t go through this again,” he said.