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Texas, Ground zero after less than 3 inches of snow

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What do you get when you cross the state of Texas with less than 3 inches of snowfall? You get a statewide disaster thats what you get.

As a Texas transplant from Boston it is almost inconceivable that less than an inch of snow could leave so many devastated. Who remembers the news of the snow storms that pelted the Atlantic Northeast in 2015? The arean received an unprecedented amount of snowfall. There was a record of over 100 inches of snowfall, yet we rode it out sipping hot chocolate and catching up on netflix shows that we ignored throughput the the prior year.

2021 will forever be viewed as the worst winter disaster in Texas even though the state saw a less than 3 inch accumulation of snow. Some areas ,like the Houston area, didn’t even get a full inch of snow yet millions of residents were left without power for days.

A mother and daughter (8) were found in their condominium garage deceased after what apperaed to be an attempt to stay warm in the car in her garage. Family from Colorado sent HPD to her home after they reported her becoming disoriented and unable to speak during a conversation. A man and A 7 year old boy were also found unconscious in the still running vehichle and were rushed to the hospital.

How did this happen? How was this debilitating scenario manifested? Lack of preparation on the part of the government. The state was completely unprepared for the strain that the cold would cause on the state grid. A system they named rolling outages were used to conserve electricity. This system allowed pockets of the population to use electricity during intermittent times during the rare cold weather storm that occurred Sunday rolling into Monday morning.

The effects of the Storm left residents without power and petrol. Many residents saw pipes burst and suffered major water damage in their homes also a result from the cold weather. Phone services and internet services were nearly non existent. Yes we are talking a complete public disaster for less that 3 inches of snow.

So far 21 people have died as a result of the Ice storm that swept across the southern states. Needless to say this is something that definitely needs to be addressed as the loss of life for something completely preventable is unacceptable e by anyones standards.

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