Extreme cold killed Texas residents in their bedrooms, vehicles and backyards
In Galveston County, along the Texas Gulf Coast, the authorities said two residents had died from exposure to the cold and one person from possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Four other deaths remained under investigation and were possibly linked to the frigid weather.
The Texas Public Utility Commission has begun an investigation into what led to the disruption of electrical power for millions of Texans who were left freezing in the dark for days as a deadly winter storm raged across the state.
Since Monday, wholesale electricity have prices spiked by more than 10,000%, according to Reuters.
Governor Greg Abbott waived regulations to enable trucks from the alcohol industry to deliver non-alcoholic grocery supplies, including bottled water and other necessities, to grocery stores.
These waivers will help expedite the delivery and replenishment of products in grocery stores across the state. "These waivers will provide more trucks, drivers, and logistical support to retailers who are working to replenish their stock in the aftermath of the winter storm," said Governor Abbott. "We are taking action to ensure Texans continue to have access to food as our state recovers." ■