Severe weather hit the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma HARD last weekend. Millions of people are still suffering from unprecedented water and power outages as they scramble to simply survive while their elected officials do things like book flights to Mexico (*coughs* Ted Cruz *coughs*).
Watch the heartbreaking videos, get more deets about storm relief efforts and how you can help inside…
Millions of people are suffering in the states of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma after they were hit hard by a snowstorm last weekend. Folks have been experiencing unprecedented water and power outages since the storm, leaving people to fend for themselves to survive, especially when elected officials aren’t stepping in to help.
Families are huddling together with layers of clothing to keep warm since they have been without electricity for days. Not to mention, food and water is scarce. At least 34 deaths were attributed to the storm so far, 20 of them were from Texas.
Thankfully, electric has been restored for a large number of Texans, however, nearly half of residents – 13 million – don’t have access to clean, running water. There’s a shortage of drinkable water as pipes cracked, wells froze and water treatment plants were knocked offline. Texans were told to boil water for their safety after burst pipes and broken water mains were reported.
People have been forced out of their homes due to flooding and extra long lines have been forming at grocery stores as food demand soars.
While many restaurants in Texas shut down due to the storm, workers at a Dominos in San Antonio kicked into overdrive to feed people desperately seeking food. According to the workers, they sold a weekend’s worth of food in FOUR hours and were exhausted.
People have taken to social media to show the damage the storm has caused due to frozen pipes bursting and more:
Not only are homes being destroyed, hospitals are also suffering:
Texas prisons have been hit hard too:
Another winter storm hit on Thursday (Feb. 18th), which brought freezing rain, snow and “below average” temperatures, only making matters worse.
“We’re hauling in water on trucks in order to flush toilets,” said Roberta L. Schwartz, an executive vice president and the chief innovation officer at Houston Methodist, which operates seven hospitals around the country’s fourth-largest city. Water, she said, was in such short supply that health workers were using bottled water for chemotherapy treatments.
Earlier this week, President Joe Biden declared that an emergency exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions. The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.
President Biden also approved Louisiana and Oklahoma’s emergency declarations as the states continue to experience historic cold weather.
While Texans fight the storm, Republican Senator Ted Cruz decided he and his family would fly to Cancun, Mexico as his state reels in the frozen tundra chaos thanks to energy policies he and his party continuously create and uphold. Hence, #FledTed.
Originally, he was set to return on Saturday, but after the picture of him on the plane went viral, he decided to come back earlier. We all know he only came back because he was caught. He blamed the trip on his daughters wanting to go to Mexico “because they were cold” and he was simply being “a good dad.”
However, that’s not the full truth. Ted’s wife Heidi Cruz invited a number of their friends and neighbors to JOIN THEM on their last-minute getaway. They asked friends to join them at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancun. Not surprised.
Colorado City mayor Tim Boyd reportedly resigned after telling residents to FEND for themselves in a Facebook post amid the deadly snowstorm.
“No one owes you [or] your family anything; nor is it the local government’s responsibility to support you during trying times like this!” he wrote. “Sink or swim it’s your choice! The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING! I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout.”
He told residents to “think outside the box to survive” and called people at home with no heat “lazy” for not trying to find a way to warm up even though authorities were telling people to stay off the icy roads.
Boyd received TONS of backlash, so he deleted the post. He then came back with the same weak a** apology politicians give after getting dragged for foolishness.
“I would never want to hurt the elderly or anyone that is in true need of help to be left to fend for themselves,” Boyd wrote. “I was only making the statement that those folks that are too lazy to get up and fend for themselves but are capable should not be dealt a handout. I apologize for the wording and some of the phrases that were used!”
He said his wife was fired from her job for his comments and that he wasn’t speaking as an official of Colorado City.
It’s reported Tim Boyd resigned, but his name is still listed as mayor on the Colorado City website.
We’re sending our prayers to Texas, Louisiana & Oklahoma!