People have been sharing their stories about lost loved ones online just to put into perspective just how dire things are in Texas right now...
The news comes after the state has seen one of the worst winter periods in decades.
Over 4 million people have been left without electricity, heating, and hot water. And even those who were lucky to have power in their homes saw a disastrous outcome as they were slapped with extortionate bills.
And even with people coming to help out...
Things are still looking pretty bad in the area.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been out on the frontline, trying to help as many people as she can.
The Democratic rep managed to raise a whopping 5 million dollars for the people of Texas, in order to help those who need it the most.
Ocasio-Cortez was using Act Blue, a fundraising tool, that can help her build an email list as she receives donations.
On Friday night, she even decided to fly over to the state to join fellow Democrat, Sylvia Garcia, to help distribute food and other supplies to those who needed it the most.
President Joe Biden has now declared a state of emergency in Texas.
Tonight, I called Governor Greg Abbott to discuss the ongoing situation in Texas and identify ways we can support the state’s recovery from this storm. I made clear to the Governor that I’ll work relentlessly to get his state what they need. pic.twitter.com/UBwH8DMep2— President Biden (@POTUS) February 19, 2021
Despite how dire things have become, the Senator of Texas, Ted Cruz, decided to fly himself, as well as his family, out to Mexico to enjoy the sun while the citizens of his state continued to suffer.
He has been facing criticism from a lot of people, including members of his own party.
Served some delicious #Houston bbq to @FirefightersHOU, @IAFFNewsDesk, & local law enforcement yesterday with @TheNew93Q to thank our first responders following these unprecedented snow storms. pic.twitter.com/vn396kTgFR— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 21, 2021
After the backlash, he flew back and has miraculously joined AOC and other politicians out on the frontline. Maybe that would have been commended more if he hadn't flown to Mexico during a natural disaster.
But regardless, at least he's finally out there doing his job.
Big deal, Ted Cruz handed out 4.7 bottles of water https://t.co/XBILm0KLTj— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 22, 2021
Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, has also found himself in some hot water after calling for several meetings about the issue, but not actually implementing enough action to help resolve the problem.
And because of this attitude from the leaders of the state, Texans have been suffering incredibly.
The current weather conditions are something that we haven't seen in decades.
And it's not 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 area.
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 fifty-eight 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.
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.
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 scenes like this can make for dangerous living conditions.
People have been sharing the stories of loved ones that have lost their lives in Texas during this difficult period.
From dying in their homes to their backyards, and even in their cars, we really are in the midst of another natural disaster.
Firstly we heard the story of a family who lost 4 members due to a house fire that broke out after they used their fireplace to keep warm due to a massive power outage in the area.
3 children aged between 5 and eleven lost their lives, as well as their grandmother.
The children's mom managed to escape the fire with injuries and had to be restrained from going back into the flames. The overall outcome was nothing short of tragic.
Another Texan man, who used oxygen tanks to help him breathe was also affected by the power outage.
It is said that he might have gone outside to retrieve the spare tank he had left but was found dead in his car by his stepdaughter. As the New York Times reported, "his main tank, back in the house, runs on electricity, and the power had gone out the night before as a deadly cold descended on much of Texas."
Experts have also warned people to be careful about carbon monoxide poisoning.
As many households have resorted to finding other methods to keep warm, one of the main alternatives has been leaving stoves on for long periods of time.
The news outlet also reported that in Galveston County authorities have said this:
"...2 residents had died from exposure to the cold and one person from possible carbon monoxide poisoning."
In other parts of Texas, a sixty-year-old man was found dead in his home, and an eighty-six-year-old woman whose daughter found her frozen in her backyard.
Alongside this, 4 other deaths are still under investigation as investigators continue to look into what caused several of these deaths.
However, most of them have been linked to the cold weather that has caused car crashes, drowning, and fires in and around the state of Texas.
It truly is a terrifying time.
Let's just hope aid reaches the people that have been worst affected.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.
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