The people of Texas are feeling the strain of the current conditions after seeing the totals on their electricity bills...
One man was left with a hefty payment of $16,000.
And he wasn't the only one to see extortionate prices on his bill...
The news comes after a state-wide outage that left millions without power...
But those that were "lucky" enough to have lighting and heating are now regretting it due to the influx in prices by providers.
Things have gotten so serious that an emergency meeting has been called to discuss the issue.
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, released a statement after the meeting in which he said this: "We have a responsibility to protect Texans from spikes in their energy bills that are a result of the severe winter weather and power outages."
"Today's meeting was productive, and I applaud Republican and Democrat members of the Legislature for putting aside partisan politics to work together on this challenge."
He also added this:
"We are moving quickly to alleviate this problem and will continue to work collaboratively throughout this week on solutions to help Texas families and ensure they do not get stuck with skyrocketing energy bills."
But despite the generally "positive" outlook on the situation, Texans have been suffering incredibly.
The current weather conditions are something that we haven't seen in decades.
And it's not only just that one state. Other southern states have also been left without electricity and running water...
With so many people and their families being forced into unbearable living situations.
According to The Guardian, professionals have noted that the heating of the arctic may be to blame for these crazy changes in the weather down south...
Especially for the snowstorms that have been brutally hitting the people of Texas.
They explained the situation:
"[Experts claim] there is evidence that the rapid heating of the Arctic can help push frigid air from the north pole much further south, possibly to the US-Mexico border."
Things have gotten so bad in the last few weeks that people have been forced to evacuate their homes...
And due to the addition of heavy snowstorms and below-freezing temperatures, many states - in particular Texas - have been left completely powerless in most areas.
FYI, many southern states never see this kind of weather meaning that the majority of houses and buildings aren't equipped for below-freezing temperatures.
And not only that, but thirty deaths have been reported so far...
Brutal cold hung over Texas and the central United States on Tuesday, bringing chaos to parts of the U.S. not used to severe winter weather.— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 17, 2021
At least 23 people died across four states, from icy roads and other weather-related incidents.https://t.co/o8gGy927p2 pic.twitter.com/YlB1XYtPDT
And as temperatures continue to fall, this number is expected to rise.
People are doing their best to push through this difficult period...
But with little to no options, some have been forced to make do with what they've got.
Many homes have been left for days without running water...
Hey @tedcruz , can I stay at your place while your traveling to Cancun? Because like millions of your constituents, I'm melting snow TO BE ABLE TO USE A TOILET IN MY HOUSE DURING THE WORST WINTER STORM IN TEXAS HISTORY.#TedCruz #TexasFreeze pic.twitter.com/D6cRQf419t— Mary Dubya (@bubble_gurl) February 18, 2021
And people are having to melt the snow from their front yards in order to flush their toilets and wash their hands.
This is not okay and the fact that the Senator of Texas, Ted Cruz, fled to Mexico with his family really added salt to the wound.
People have been taking to social media to share their new living situations during the unbearable temperatures...
Update:— Castro1021 (@Castro1021) February 17, 2021
48+ hours without power..... pic.twitter.com/4No8rXxpNp
Including Twitch streamer, Edwin Castro, who has been playing video games and streaming in the comfort of his car due to the power cuts.
This Twitter user shared this shocking photo of their fan...
This is how cold it is at my Apartment.— 𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 ☩ (@ThomasBlackGG) February 16, 2021
As a Texan, yes, I'm certainly not built for this. I don't even care. pic.twitter.com/FMt8imglJp
That had literally frozen to the ceiling and had icicles dangling down from it.
And perhaps the most shocking of them all...
This fish tank in texas is frozen pic.twitter.com/cmD3GTJCcU— Asiago (@fkaLuna_) February 17, 2021
This unfortunate mom found her daughter's fish tank completely frozen with the fish trapped inside.
This is something that hasn't been experienced for decades...
It’s so cold in my Texas town that this container of snow has been sitting in my garage for 2 days and has not melted 😬 pic.twitter.com/60lFBcQXTH— LoLo (@kacchanluvsdeku) February 17, 2021
And right now, people aren't quite sure what to do.
Who knows how long this nightmare will last...
But sadly, it seems as if things are nowhere near close to returning back to normal.
And as the storm continues to wreak chaos, people are getting a glimpse of just how bad the aftermath is going to be...
One man from Texas has been slapped with a $16,000 electricity bill after a serious spike in prices for those who were lucky enough to have power in their homes.
Scott Willoughby is sixty-three-years-old and using his entire life savings to pay the fine.
He told the New York Times that this is seventy times more than his usual payment adding: "My savings is gone. There's nothing I can do about it, but it's broken me."
And he isn't the only one to experience this harsh reality...
DeAndre Upshaw told CNN that he was hit with a $7,000 bill.
He elaborated on how this has affected him during this crisis:
"While I'm trying to get gas and groceries and make sure that my pipes don't explode, the last thing I'm thinking about is a $7,000 bill from my utility company."
Hundreds of people are seeing the same thing happen to them.
And this is mainly because providers have increased their prices to the maximum allowable amount, but that means that instead of being charged 12 cents per K/H, Texans are now being charged a whopping $9.
Let's just hope leaders do their best to sort this problem out.
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