President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Texas as the state grapples with widespread power outages and water shortages amid freezing winter conditions, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Saturday.
The action provides federal funding for individuals in Texas, grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses. The president plans to visit Texas as soon as next week to assess the federal response to the crisis.
The Guardian reports:
Half of the state is under a boil-water advisory after water treatment centers experienced blackouts. Even those with access to safe water have been told to turn off their water, for fear thawing pipes will burst, causing flooding.
Rick Perry, a former governor, US energy secretary and candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, was widely ridiculed after he said “Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business.”
After approving an emergency declaration several days ago, President Biden has now declared a “major disaster” exists in Texas and is sending more federal assistance, per WH. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs & low-cost loans for uninsured property
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 20, 2021
President Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Texas, unlocking more federal resources to assist the state. Follow live updates. https://t.co/XqUtct8TgQ
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) February 20, 2021